Redeploy Illinois 2011 Annual Report - Expansion Efforts
2011 Redeploy Illinois Planning Grant Process
In March 2011, Redeploy Illinois planning grants were offered to all counties that had been identified as eligible based on their Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ) commitment data over the preceding three calendar years. Those counties that averaged 10 or more Redeploy eligible commitments were offered the opportunity to receive up to $10,000 to participate in the planning grant process. 'Redeploy eligible' is defined in the Redeploy Illinois Act (730 ILCS 110/16.1) as "any youth facing a commitment for a charge other than murder or a class X forcible felony."
With federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant funds provided to the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA), planning grants were awarded to the three counties that chose to participate. The RIOB and Redeploy staff worked with each site to conduct a needs assessment and data analysis of their current process for responding to the needs of juvenile offenders. Planning grant activities included:
- an analysis of data
- current services offered
- services needed
- strategies for service delivery
- potential eligible population
- local governance of juvenile justice issues
- data collection and analysis capabilities
- estimated costs to develop or expand alternatives for delinquent youth
- an assessment of the system's readiness for such a program
- feasibility of implementing a Redeploy Illinois program
Five counties initially applied to participate in the planning grant process: Sangamon, LaSalle, Tazewell, Champaign and Ogle. Champaign County was unable to proceed beyond the informational stage due to a lack of commitment from key community stakeholders. Ogle County did not meet the eligibility criteria but was hopeful that they would be able to participate by partnering with an eligible county; their efforts to identify another county that could take the lead were unsuccessful and they did not attend any further planning grant meetings. Funds were granted to the remaining three counties - Sangamon, LaSalle, and Tazewell. The planning grant process (project period) concluded on August 31, 2011, with final reports submitted by each site.
2011 Redeploy Illinois Grant Expansion
Utilizing ARRA funding, in November, DHS issued a request for proposals intended to further expand the program throughout the state. Participation in the Redeploy planning grant process was a requirement for eligibility. Eight current and former planning grant counties were eligible to apply (DuPage, Lake, Kane, Kankakee, Stephenson, Sangamon, LaSalle and Tazewell). However, only LaSalle County applied for funding under this opportunity; their application was selected for funding. LaSalle County's Redeploy program funding began in late 2011 and services began with the new calendar year. A primary model program planned by LaSalle is the implementation of Aggression Replacement Training (ART) for youth scoring in the medium- to high-risk range on the Youth Assessment and Screening Instrument (YASI). ART is a cognitive behavioral intervention that will be combined with intensive case management and individual and family therapy when appropriate.