Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $1,155,896)
The Illinois Title II Formula Grant is overseen by the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission (the Commission), which serves as Illinois’ State Advisory Group, and the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) which serves as sole agency for supervising the preparation and administration of the Juvenile Justice Plan. IDHS was established as the designated state agency by IL Public Act 096-0853.
In administering the Federal funds, the Commission works to ensure Illinois' compliance with the four core requirements of the Federal Act. The Commission also promotes programs and policies that respond to the developmental needs of youth and support rehabilitation.
In its 2021 – 2023 Three Year Plan, the Commission reaffirms its commitment to four priorities:
Maintain full compliance with the core requirements of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act.
Youth do not enter the Illinois juvenile justice system unnecessarily.
Youth who enter the juvenile justice system receive developmentally appropriate, individualized support and services.
Youth leave the juvenile justice system with positive outcomes, which in turn enhance public safety.
In FFY 2022, the Commission will continue to address these priorities through activities in the following Title II Program areas: Alternatives to Detention; Community-Based Programs and Services; Compliance Monitoring; Racial and Ethnic Disparities; Diversion; Juvenile Justice Systems Improvement and State Advisory Group. The Commission will allocate $1,741,012 to these seven areas. In addition, $186,969 in federal funds will be used for Planning and Administration and $20,000 will support the Commission’s operations, largely to reimburse for travel expenses.
The Commission will continue to implement its goals for the Three Year Plan (2021-2023) to include: incorporating youth voices in all aspects of the Commission’s work, thru the creation of the Youth Advisory Board; supporting and sustaining a compliance committee to oversee and improve compliance monitoring efforts; increasing diversion programming and alternatives to detention; funding programs to address children with problematic sexual behaviors; continued support for local juvenile justice councils; promoting focused efforts to reduce racial and ethnic disparities; and assist with the implementation of new state policies addressing the detention of young children.