The Madison County Redeploy Illinois program aims to reduce or eliminate the practice of sending youth to IDJJ for the purpose of psychological and risk evaluation. Between 2005 and 2007, commitments to IDOC/IDJJ in Madison County averaged 40 youth per year. The County intends to reduce these commitments by at least 27 percent. Madison County will accomplish this by working with youth who are 13 to 17 years old, have at least one prior delinquency offense, are currently adjudicated for an offense punishable by commitment to IDJJ, score medium to high risk on the YASI, and who have not been charged with a Class X felony. The Madison County Redeploy Illinois program will also provide services to an additional 400 youth through a court/community liaison initiative.

The Madison County Redeploy Illinois program selected Children's Home and Aid as the lead agency for the initiative. Program/services that comprise the Madison County Redeploy Illinois program include:

  • Employment-related services,
  • Functional Family Therapy (FFT),
  • Intensive case management
  • Positive recreational and mentoring services
  • Psychological assessments
  • Tutoring and educational advocacy
  • Washington Aggression Interruption Training (WAIT).