Community-Based Violence Intervention Program (VIP)
Youth Services Network partnered with Region 1 Planning, Rockford Police Department, Center for Nonviolence and Conflict Transformation to develop a Violence Intervention Program for Mentoring and trauma-impacted boys, ages 11-16. Many of the program participants are marginally or at risk for being involved in the Juvenile Justice System. While other youth benefit from the Mentoring and outreach activities within the program. The boys all have family, school, community issues, and the Violence Prevention Program being facilitated utilizes an evidence-based strategy that allows the program participants to learn how to make better decisions and become productive members of society. Each youth receives a mental health and trauma assessment, which aids in developing a treatment plan. The YSN Parent Engagement Specialist leads Wraparound staffing with the youth and parent to finalize a treatment plan. Each youth receives individual counseling, family counseling, if needed, case management, tutoring, school advocacy, group counseling, and life skill training by YSN Case Manager. The District 2 Rockford Police provide leadership skills, mentoring, and recreation. The Center for Nonviolence and Conflict Transformation provides computer literacy, computer programming, music education, and music recording. The goal of the program is to deter boys from becoming heavily involved in the Juvenile Justice System.
Comprehensive Community-Based Youth Services (CCBYS)
Crisis Youth – Mandatory Population
24/7 Crisis Hotline: 815-986-1953
CCBYS provides 24-hour crisis intervention services to youth 11 to 17 years old who are locked out, have runaway from home, or who are beyond the control of their parent/guardian in circumstances that pose an immediate or substantial danger to the youths physical safety. Crisis workers will respond to local police departments, court services, hospitals, educational institutions, shelters, and similar locations to address the crisis. Services include crisis intervention, family reunification support, follow-up care which includes case management, counseling, educational advocacy, and more. Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) Youth in Care are not eligible. DCFS shall be contacted if abuse or neglect is suspected.
Non-Crisis Youth – Discretionary Population
CCBYS provides services to youth 11 to 17 years old, and 10-year-olds at agency discretion, who are at-risk of crisis or at-risk of delinquency. Services include case management, counseling, educational advocacy, family support, linkage to community resources, treatment planning, and more as deemed necessary. Referrals may be made by law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel, educators, court services, parent/guardians, etc. Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) Youth in Care are not eligible.
Youth that are not in immediate crisis, but interested in services, can call Youth Services Network, Inc. at 815-986-1947.
Daily Reporting Center (DRC)
Youth Services Network partnered with the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice to create and facilitate the Daily Reporting Center for Boys and Girls. This program is designed to develop a comprehensive approach as the youth returns home from the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice. Youth are referred by the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice and mandated to participate through their parole agreement and release conditions. Youth referred to the program have been given a Mental Health Assessment, a Trauma Assessment, and provided a Youth Services Network Case Manager to assist in obtaining a Substance Abuse Assessment as well. Wraparound staffing is held to identify the youth’s needs, strengthens, and areas of improvement. Youth participating in the program receive individual and group counseling, tutoring, recreation, life skill training, job skill training, educational advocacy, and other services such as capturing their identification, ie. Birth Certificates, State Identification, and Social Security Cards. Program participants are in the program for 90 days, and a graduation is held at the completion to celebrate their accomplishments. The goal is to help the youth develop life skills that lead to better decision-making and linkage to resources/services and reducing the chance of committing other crimes. These new training skills are paramount to helping youth become positive, productive members of society.
Project Safe Place
YSN is proud of its partnership with the City of Rockford Fire Department and the City of Belvidere Fire Department in the implementation of Project Safe Place. The fire departments act as “safe places for runaways and victims of domestic violence.” YSN is contacted for services 24-hours per day for the youth who ask for assistance at the fire stations.
Redeploy Illinois (Male and Female)
Redeploy Illinois is a program for youth 13-17 years old involved with the Winnebago County Juvenile Probation Department that are classified as Moderate to High Risk to reoffend based on the Juvenile Risk Assessment (JRA). The goal of Redeploy is to decrease juvenile incarceration through the use of evidence-based community programs that maintain public safety and promote positive outcomes for youth. Referrals to this program are made through the Juvenile Probation Department and court-ordered by the Juvenile Court Judge. Youth Services Network conducts a Mental Health Assessment (MHA) with the youth and parent/guardian to determine appropriateness. A wraparound staffing is then conducted with the Redeploy team including available case managers, probation officers, counselors, parent-engagement specialists, parent(s)/guardian(s), and the youth.
Each youth is assigned a case manager who works with the client to complete additional assessments and develop a case plan. Case management services are provided including, but not limited to, individual and group counseling, recreation, life skills training, job skill training, educational advocacy, and other services deemed necessary by the youth, parent/guardian, and Redeploy team. The male program utilizes the Washington State Aggression Interruption Training (WAIT) curriculum, while the female program utilizes the Juvenile Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) curriculum.
Program length varies by the participant but is anticipated to be 12-15 months. The intensive programming portion is 6-9 months, followed by 6 months of After Care. Upon completion of the program, youth participate in a graduation ceremony and are referred to other community organizations and pro-social programs to promote further youth development.
Step-Up is a youth and family program focused on addressing youth violence and building respectful family relationships. The program is utilized as an early intervention for youth involved in select minor crimes as an alternative to entering the juvenile justice system. Step-Up is supported by the Juvenile Enhanced Response Team (JVERT), including the City of Rockford, Amanda Reed Memorial Foundation, and Winnebago County Juvenile Probation. Referrals are made to the program by the Winnebago County Juvenile Probation Department.