SCY Begins Juvenile Justice Collaborative

In December 2016, Strengthening Chicago’s Youth (SCY)​, Lurie Children’s violence prevention collaborative, began a demonstration project to connect at-risk youth who have been arrested to mental health and other services they need.

In this program, called the Juvenile Justice Collaborative, the Cook County Juvenile Probation Department and others can refer young people to a Centralized Intake and Referral Home, which will assess needs and risk level, and then place them with the appropriate community-based provider for care coordination and other services. The goal is to decrease youth in detention and ensure they get the services they need to succeed.

SCY is working with 10 community-based youth services providers in this program. The demonstration project will continue for the first six months of 2017. If the Juvenile Justice Collaborative can demonstrate better connection of youth to needed services, it will be expanded.

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