Specifications include, but are not limited to: Cook County aims to build upon effective components from the TCY program from Philadelphia, PA. Established
in 2012, the TCY program is informed by promising practices and research in re-entry, education, employment,
and recidivism reduction. The program diverts nonviolent felony drug offenders away from jail and prison and
into a developmentally appropriate supportive intervention that provides education and workforce
opportunities as well as wrap around services.
Proposers shall submit programs explicitly incorporating the following four program phases:
Phase 1: Referral
During the referral phase, the State’s Attorney’s office will refer clients deemed eligible by pre-determined
criteria. The Public Defender or private attorney will notify clients of their eligibility for the program. If the client
has further questions about the program, program staff may be asked to meet with the client to answer
questions. Upon the clients’ acceptance of the program, program staff will be present to complete an intake
form with the new participant.
Phase 2: Orientation
During the 1-month orientation phase, program staff will practice relentless engagement to connect clients to
the program, develop an understanding of the client’s strengths and needs, and introduce them to
programming. Successful completion of the orientation period requires regular attendance, engagement,
assessment and goal setting, and some community service. Unless the client is already employed or has other
extenuating circumstances, they will be expected to participate in at least 30 hours of programming per week
during the orientation period. Some participants may require a longer orientation process. These extensions
will be provided at the discretion of the Program Director, who will communicate the decision to the Court.
Once orientation is complete, program staff will recommend the client for the program, and based on the
client’s consent, the client will be formally enrolled in the program.
Phase 3: Enrollment
During the 12-month enrollment phase, case managementstaff will meet at least once per week with the client
to support them in meeting their basic needs, enroll them in critical specialized services, secure vital documents,
provide educational and employment coaching and mentoring and utilize cognitive behavioral interventions as
needed. Clients will be expected to participate in either an educational or employment programming or be
employed part-time or full-time. They will also be expected to participate in restorative justice experiences and
complete community service hours. The client will be expected to have regular check-ins with the judge and
program staff will be responsible for providing progress reports to the Court.
Though it is the role of the service provider to meet clients where they are and relentlessly engage, there will
be a graduated sanctions process with the Court to handle non-compliance. The service provider will submit a
monthly noncompliance report to the Court to ensure that noncompliance issues are dealt with in a timely
manner. Some participants may require a longer program period. These extensions will be provided at the
discretion of the Program Director, who will communicate the decision to the Court. Upon completion of the
program, program staff will recommend the client for graduation.