Comprehensive Community-Based Youth Service (CCBYS)
Bureau of Youth Services & Delinquency Prevention
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services

Program Description

Target

CCBYS is a statewide program serving youth ages 11-17, and their families when appropriate, who are at risk of running away from home, unaccompanied homelessness, or involvement with the child welfare and/or the juvenile justice system as well as youth beyond the control of their parents in circumstances which constitute a substantial immediate danger to the youth's immediate physical safety.

Purpose

The primary purpose of CCBYS is to provide youth in high risk situations, and their families when appropriate, with a continuum of services according to their needs, with the overreaching goal of family preservation, reunification and/or family stabilization, or independence, again dependent upon the youth's needs.

Services

Youth are provided with a continuum of services according to their needs. A 24-hour crisis intervention response system is available in emergency situations for referrals from youth, parents/guardians, police, schools, courts, the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Child Welfare and Protection staff, and other community referrals to ensure reunification with the parent or guardian and/or stabilization of the family.

Delivery Method

In FY 09, CCBYS services were delivered by 55 community agencies throughout the state.

Program Data

SFY06 SFY07 SFY08 SFY09
Program Expenditure (Numbers in 000's) $10,033.3 $10,383.6 $10,270.5 $9,829.6
Number of Grantees 57 56 55 55
Number Served 7,572 7,222 7,041 6,332

NOTE: Numbers Served: As recorded by providers in the Division's e-Cornerstone system.

Program Effectiveness

  • A 24-hour crisis intervention response system was available, statewide, for runaways, lockouts and unaccompanied homeless youth. CCBYS crisis workers responded to police stations, schools, etc.
  • Youth were provided with a continuum of services according to their individual needs.
  • With an overreaching goal of family preservation, reunification and/or family stabilization, CCBYS successfully reunified youth with their families approximately 85% of the time in crisis situations (runaways and lockouts).
  • Program standards have been developed and implemented.
  • A standards assessment review began full implementation in FY 08.
  • Program providers continue to improve their ability to accurately report program data in e-Cornerstone.