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

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Program Description


Juveniles ages 12 and older at risk of placement into secure detention.


Reduce the number of juveniles held in secure detention, i.e. county jails or municipal lock-ups.

Delivery Method

Illinois has embraced efforts to create alternatives to secure detention of juveniles. Through a partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Illinois Courts, Youth Network Council and DHS, a number of counties have been granted funds to develop community-based alternatives to detention. The program supports technical assistance activities to counties attempting to develop, implement and/or sustain detention alternatives.

Program Data

Performance Indicators SFY06 SFY07 SFY08 SFY09
Expenditure Amount (Numbers in 000's) $201.0 $30.0 $0.0 $0.0
Number of Sites without JDAI Funds 10 13 13 13
Number of Sites with JDAI Funds 4 1 0 0

Program Accomplishments

  • A total of 36 counties have engaged in IJDAI guided juvenile justice system reforms.
  • Technical assistance requests were responded to with site visits to the Chief or Presiding Judge and members of the local stakeholders.
  • IJDAI Systems Reform presentations were conducted at several local or regional juvenile justice conferences.
  • 10 IJDAI site representatives received training directly from the Annie E. Casey Foundation at their Annual JDAI Conference and Training.
  • The IJDAI Partners Group continues to work collaborately with the other major juvenile justice reform initiatives in the state: DMC, Balance and Restorative Justice (BARJ), Redeploy IL and Models for Change to affect positive change with the Illinois juvenile justice system.
  • IJDAI has partnered with the Models for Change initiative in conducting a DMC data analysis and site review at one mutual site.