Youth Intervention Services

Youth Intervention Services

The Department is making investments in several programs targeting at-risk youth throughout the state in partnership with local communities and community based organizations to provide 24/7 crisis intervention services for youth and families; to provide after-school programming; and to provide comprehensive, individualized assessments and case management services for high-risk youth all designed to:

  • to ensure the safety of youth
  • to reunify, stabilize and preserve families
  • to reduce homelessness among youth
  • to support and encourage academic achievement
  • to decrease risk factors and increase protective factors in youth
  • to reduce juvenile incarceration
  • and to divert youth at risk of involvement in the child welfare, and juvenile justice systems.

Performance Measures / Outcomes - Highlights:

  • In FY15, 100% of youth receiving crisis intervention services received a Safety Screen and a Crisis Stabilization Plan; 94% of Homeless Youth served received an emergency/safety screen; and 99.95% of youth in Teen REACH afterschool programming were safe from violence during program hours.
  • In FY15, 92.4% of youth served in the Comprehensive Community Based Youth Services (CCBYS) program were in a Family/long term stable living arrangement at case closure.
  • In FY15, 72% of Homeless Youth in transitional living exited the program to stable housing. 68% of Homeless Youth receiving emergency shelter/interim housing or transitional living services exited the program employed and/or enrolled in school.
  • In FY15, 99.2% of seniors in Teen REACH after-school programs graduated high school while 98.3% of Teen REACH participants were promoted to the next grade level or graduated.
  • In FY15, the CCBYS and Redeploy Illinois programs identified 770 youth as chronic truants. 93% of those youth received truancy related services. 85.3% of the 565 youth identified with learning disabilities also received services.
  • In FY15, 69% of assessed Redeploy Illinois youth had decreased risk factors and 56% had increased protective factors.
  • In FY15, the CCBYS and Redeploy Illinois programs identified 4,122 youth with mental health or trauma issues. 94.8% of those youth received services to address needs. 81.1% of the 2,169 youth identified with substance abuse issues also received services.
  • In 2014(latest IDJJ data), Redeploy Illinois programs in 42 counties reduced commitments to the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ) by a combined 64% from the baseline. This equates to 296 fewer youth sent to IDJJ from these counties in 2014 saving Illinois taxpayers nearly $15 million in unnecessary incarceration costs. A 5-year study released in 2013 found that 61% of Redeploy youth successfully completing the program were not incarcerated within the following 3 years compared to 34% of unsuccessful Redeploy youth - a 27% lower recidivism rate for successful youth. In FY2015, 72% of Redeploy youth successfully completed the program.
  • In FY15, 96.48% of youth discharged from the CCBYS program were successfully diverted from the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice and the Department of Children and Family Services. Of the 5,001 youth discharged from the program in FY15, 1% (51) youth were in secure confinement and 2.5% (125) youth were in the care of DCFS at case closure.

The above results are consistent with previous year(s) and are projected to be maintained in FY16 and FY17.

Cost Benefits

The goals of these programs, when achieved as documented above, account for significant long and short term cost savings to the state as well as local communities. State investment into these programs has effectively targeted youth determined to be at significant risk and have demonstrated a history of successfully diverting these youth from costly state systems, preserving families and providing the necessary services and supports to ensure these youth become educated, employed, healthy productive and contributing citizens.

  • State Systems - Cost & Success

    • IDJJ: The average per capita cost to the state to house a youth in IDJJ in 2015 remained a reported $111,000.
  • As reported in the 2015 IDJJ Annual Report, 59% of youth exiting IDJJ return to the Department within 3 years. Recent research conducted by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority further indicates that more than 36% of those youth will return within the first year.
    • DCFS: In 2015, the average cost per youth for a DCFS residential placement or group home continued to exceed $100,000 per year. The average cost to DCFS for youth 17 to 21for substitute care placements in 2014 averaged $48,328 per youth per year.
  • It is important to note that these DCFS placements are typically multi-year placements at this rate.
    • ISBE: Every year more than 15,000 high school students drop out of school. Nearly 65% of these youth are minorities.
    • Homeless youth, high school dropouts, and juvenile delinquents are generally considered to be unemployed and undereducated, lacking the resources and capacity to be tax paying productive citizens. The average Illinois taxpayer in 2013 paid $4,658 per year in State and local taxes.

DHS Youth Intervention Programs - Cost

  • In 2015, the Department of Human Services spent nearly $27 Million in General Revenue and Other State funds on youth intervention services programming:
    • Comprehensive Community Based Youth Services ($10.22M)
    • Homeless Youth ($5.32M)
    • Redeploy Illinois ($3.59M)
    • Teen REACH ($7.68M)
  • The average cost to serve the 23,957 youth in these programs for 2015 was $1,119 per youth. This does not include the 3,958 homeless youth that were brief contacts and received basic needs services only (food, clothing, personal hygiene, bandages, blankets, coats, hats, etc.
    • Comprehensive Community Based Youth Services ($1,826 per youth)
    • Homeless Youth ($1,606 per youth) when the basic needs only youth are included; the cost drops to $732 per youth
    • Redeploy Illinois ($5,502 per youth)
    • Teen REACH ($594 per youth) 
  • These programs combined would only have to divert .011% or 270 youth from costly state systems to be cost neutral. The data depicted above clearly demonstrates this number was far exceeded.
  • While it is difficult to determine the true and long term cost savings the state realizes from the successful implementation of these programs - it is easy to demonstrate how these state funds are cost effective; save families; increase safety; and provide the state's most vulnerable young people with a true opportunity for success.
  • Communities are financially invested in these programs as well. For example: In 2015, the CCBYS providers contributed $2,288,749 in program match from non-state funding to ensure the success of the program.

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Programs and Services

Provider Links:
  BYIS FY16 Bureau of Youth Intervention Services Fiscal Documents

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