The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice encourages volunteer participation throughout the Department to assist in the rehabilitation of youth in its care. Volunteers participate in orientation and training at each facility and undergo background checks. In 2013, volunteers provided 17,819 hours of service contributing an estimated $394,513 worth of service to youth.
Types of programming provided to youth
The following types of programming are provided to youth in the Department of Juvenile Justice:
- Substance abuse Treatment
- Mental Health Treatment
- Individual and group counseling
- Case management
- Health care
- Volunteer Services
- Leisure Time Services
The Department of Juvenile Justice places a high importance on evaluating the mental health needs of the youth committed to the Department. All youth are screened by a mental health professional upon admission to any of the facilities. The Department also implements evidence-based screening and assessment tools at the Reception and Classification sites. All facilities have mental health professionals available for emergency and on-going mental health services.