DUALLY INVOLVED YOUTH PROJECT
Improving outcomes through coordinated care
Conscience Community Network (CCN) – a network of Illinois nonprofit service providers – is collaborating with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to serve youth dually-involved in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. CCN provides enrolled youth with intensive case coordination, development and facilitation of a Family Team process, and timely access to needed services, including evidence-based treatments.
The Dually Involved Youth Project aims to:
Safely support youth within their communities
Prevent future criminal behavior
Help youth transition to adulthood
Develop a positive support team for the youth
How It Works
The Dually Involved Youth Project is based on a “Wraparound Process,” an effective way to coordinate support for youth involved with two systems of care such as child welfare and juvenile justice.
Wraparound is a goal-driven process that utilizes a youth-centered “Wrap Plan” for addressing the youth’s needs, and a support team who coordinates their care, known as the “Family Team.” Youth and their family’s involvement in the program is expected to last approximately 9–12 months. During this period of time, Family Team meetings occur at least one time per month.
The Family Team develops the Wrap Plan and identifies Family Team members, who typically include the youth, parent/guardian, service providers, schools, extended family and friends, and others chosen by the family as helpful supports. The Family Team Facilitator facilitates this process.
The Family Team owns the Wrap Plan and contributes to its successful completion. Additionally, the Family Team provides ongoing support and encouragement for the youth and their family after completion of the program.
Who Is Eligible?
Eligibility requirements includes:
- Youth aged 11-17
- In guardianship/custody of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)
- Involved in the juvenile justice system
- From and living in Cook or Lake counties