Illinois DHS Second Chance Act Youth Offender Reentry Program
Second Chance Act Youth Offender Reentry Program serves young people with underlying mental health or substance abuse disorders. Second Chance offers support to male and female youth age 17 1/2 and under, with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders who are being released from correctional facilities back into the Cook County community. The goal of the program is to offer individualized, holistic aftercare planning and services for high-risk, vulnerable young people that will support them as they exit incarceration into the community. A collaboration between the IDHS and IDJJ offers each youth an aftercare plan that addresses theirs and their family's assessed needs, provides a support based case plan, and identifies any community placement requirements imposed by the court. Illinois Second Chance utilizes Family Integrated Transitions (FIT) as the primary strategy to lower recidivism among justice involved youth with mental health and chemical dependency disorders. For more information, contact the organization directly.