News from Illinois Collaboration on Youth -

New Law Aims to Address Heroin Use by School-Aged Youth
On Tuesday, Gov. Quinn signed HB4542 into law, which directs the Young Adults Heroin Use Task Force to study the increasing problem of heroin use among adolescents.  The task force is charged with investigating and recommending programs to address the problem on a statewide level.  The new law is effective immediately.  Read the press release here.  To learn more about this growing epidemic, be sure to attend the workshop on treatment of adolescent heroin use at IADDA's Annual Conference on Sept. 3-4.  

News including our Lake County partners - Omni Youth Services and One Hope United.
Pay for Success: Social Innovation for Service Providers
The State Journal Register published an op-ed by our own Andi Durbin on the state's first Pay for Success contract with child welfare and juvenile justice providers including Lawrence Hall Youth Services, Maryville Academy, OMNI Youth Services, One Hope United, SGA Youth & Family Services, UCAN and Youth Outreach Services.  This innovative project, which is projected to bring in up to $30 million in private investment dollars, is an opportunity not only improve youth outcomes but also bring greater quality assurance and significant savings to the state.  Learn more about Pay for Success at IADDA's Annual Conference on Sept. 3-4 in Lisle.