Redeploy Illinois
Bureau of Youth Services & Delinquency Prevention
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services

Program Description


Redeploy Illinois is designed to provide services to youth between the ages of 13 and 18 who are at high risk of being committed to the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC).


Redeploy Illinois provides a fiscal incentive to counties that provide services to youth within their home communities by building a continuum of care fore youth who are in the juvenile justice system, thereby reducing the county's commitments to the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Research demonstrates that non-violent youth are less likely to become further involved in delinquent or criminal behavior if they remain in their home communities and if appropriate services are available that address underlying needs - e.g., mental illness, substance abuse, learning disabilities, unstable living arrangement.


Through Redeploy Illinois, counties can link each youth to a wide array of needed services and supports within his or her home community, as indicated through an individualized needs assessment. Services are provide in the least restrictive manner possible, and include, but are not limited to, case management; court advocacy; education assistance; individual, family and/or group counseling; and crisis intervention.

Delivery Method

Funds are provided to a county, counties or group that support a system of care developed at the county (or multi-county) level and specified in a plan submitted to the Department.

Program Data

Program Expenditure (Numbers in 000's) $1,356.6 $1,847.8
Number of Grantees 4 4
Number Served 500 600

Program Accomplishments

  • In the first two years of implementation, the Redeploy Illinois pilot sites, on average, reduced commitments to the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ) by 44% within their communities, or 226 fewer youth.
  • For every one million dollars spent by Redeploy Illinois pilot sites, IDJJ has seen a decrease of $3.55 million in costs to incarcerate juveniles. This equates to an $11 million dollar 2-year cost savings to IDJJ.
  • The first two years of implementation for this pilot program resulted in a statewide reduction in commitments to IDJJ of 7%, for net savings to the state of $8 million.
  • Redeploy Illinois gives counties financial support to provide comprehensive services in their home communities to youth who might otherwise have been sent to IDJJ.
  • Redeploy Illinois pilot sites fill in the gaps in the local continuum of programs and services available for these delinquency youth, allowing counties, to more cost-effectively serve these youth locally and reduce their reliance on IDJJ. As a result, youth are being given every opportunity to succeed in their own communities.