In Illinois, there are more than 700 new cases each year of youths who are involved in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. This is known as “dually involved.” Most of them do not live with a parent or relative. Many are experiencing substance abuse and mental health issues. Recidivism rates are high.
The Conscience Community Network (CCN) is a network of six Illinois social service providers who collaborate with state agencies to address the needs of youths who are involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. This program is a Pay for Success project, a public-private partnership, in which participating agencies are paid based on achievement of performance targets.
Currently, the program covers Cook, Lake, Franklin and Jefferson Counties. The CCN plans to expand to other counties throughout the state.
A new approach
CCN’s approach is based on the Crossover Youth Practice Model developed at the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy. The CCN is offering participants the opportunity to receive intensive wraparound services and timely access to evidence-based treatments that have been proven to be effective and appropriate alternatives to institutional care and incarceration.