- Uses for coordination
- Does not use for coordination
Facilitated through the use of statewide information systems allowing for consistent data sharing between systems.
Committees or advisory groups
Multidisciplinary groups that often have regularly scheduled meetings to brainstorm ways to improve systems integration.
Formal interagency MOUs
Collaborative agreements to guide systems integration efforts
Informal interagency agreements
Commonly based on historical practice, mutual trust, and recognition of the need to collaborate in order to serve dual-status youth.
Statute and/or rules
Rules that mandate systems integration efforts
The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is a state agency covering child welfare social work; whereas juvenile court services are decentralized and organized by circuit courts, with oversight by the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts (AOIC).
Data sharing occurs on a per-jurisdiction basis for point-in-time research and for daily operations where weekly lists are cross referenced between the delinquency/probation departments and the state DCFS office for their region. This type of formalized data sharing by local protocol occurs in Peoria County and DuPage counties. Where counties can draw information in an analyzable format, these research files can be matched by personal identifier and merged with delinquency records by the state DCFS, which maintains analytic tools to facilitate this type of point-in-time multi-system prevalence research. DuPage County (adjacent to Chicago) has emerged as a leader in the understanding of dual status youth prevalence and developing a coordinated response. This leadership has been facilitated through their long-term involvement with the MacArthur Foundation's national Models for Change systems reform initiative, participation in training at the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University, and consultation with RFK Children's Action Corp. Subsequently, DuPage County has hosted statewide conferences and training for other Illinois jurisdictions on information sharing and case coordination on behalf of dual status youth.