SCY convenes youth service providers and government stakeholders in Cook County and oversees the development and implementation of a care coordination model for justice-involved youth. The Probation Department refers youth to a Centralized Intake and Referral Home, which assesses the youth’s needs and risk level and places him/her with the appropriate community-based provider for care coordination and other services. The mission of the Juvenile Justice Collaborative (JJC) is to minimize further involvement of arrested youth in the justice system and reduce racial disparities by facilitating and coordinating access to comprehensive support services that meet adolescents’ developmental needs. We are committed to youth and their families because youth are our community’s most valuable resource.
In partnership with Juvenile Probation, the Juvenile Justice Collaborative engages partners in delivering coordinated services for justice-involved youth.
The JJC partners currently include a centralized intake and referral home at TASC, the Illinois Collaboration on Youth (ICOY) and 10 community-based youth service providers:
- Aunt Martha’s Youth Service Center
- BUILD, Inc.
- Heartland (Human Care Services)
- Lawrence Hall
- Maryville Academy
- New Life/Urban Life Skills
- SGA Youth & Family Services
- Youth Guidance
- Youth Outreach Services
In 2017, the JJC conducted 73 intakes and connected 58 youth to services through its provider network. 51 youth from the original 2017 JJC cohort successfully completed their program. No youth connected to services was re-arrested during their participation in the program.
As of August 2019, 249 youth have been connected to services and 169 youth have successfully completed JJC programming.