Services are for youth ages 10-17 that are at risk of involvement in the child welfare and/or the juvenile justice system. The primary purpose of the Crisis Response Services program is to provide at-risk youth with a continuum of services according to their needs, with the overarching goal of family preservation, reunification or independence, again depending upon the youth’s needs. Such services are directed at assuring that youth who come in contact or may come in contact with the child welfare or juvenile justice systems will have access to needed community, prevention, diversion, emergency or independent living services.
Sometimes thought of as the “grandfather” of all of Illinois’ programs and services for at-risk youth, Comprehensive Community Based Youth Services has been in operation since January 1, 1983. The program has a statutory mandate to provide short-term crisis intervention services to youth who have run away from home; whose parents will not allow them to return to their home; or who are generally beyond the control of their parents. By law, the program must be available in every area of the state, 24 hours a day.
Client referrals for the program come from police departments, schools, and families, as well as other community providers.
69.6% of satisfaction survey respondents reported being either satisfied or very satisfied with overall experience of program.
97% of all closed cases annually result in family reunification or preservation or long term Family Generated Placement at case closure.
Over 500 youth and families served annually.
For referral information and program eligibility please contact the local Youth Family Community Outreach Program Supervisor at the branch nearest you.