IADDA Annual Conference, IJJC Youth Advisory Board, and Legislative Roundup

IADDA's Annual Conference Is Only a Week Away

There's still time to register for IADDA's Annual Conference where ICOY members can register at the reduced IADDA member rate!  Please join us on Sept. 9 & 10 at the scenic Hilton Lisle/Naperville. IADDA has broadened its scope to include mental health, and the conference agenda reflects that. We are excited to again partner with IADDA on a workshop track focused on youth-specific behavioral healthcare issues. To register, click here.

JJC Recruiting Members to Youth Advisory Board

The Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission (IJJC) is now recruiting youth and young adults to serve as Youth Commissioners and members of the Youth Advisory Board (YAB). Youth Commissioners will be appointed by the Governor, will serve as a member of the IJJC, and will serve on the Executive Committee of the YAB. The YAB is a group of youth and young adults who are committed to advocating for and making changes to improve the juvenile justice system. In addition, they provide education to youth, members of the public, and policy makers on related issues.

Any youth/young adult ages 16-24 with an interest in, or experience with, the juvenile justice system and a strong commitment to learn about issues and collaborate with others to make change can apply for the YAB.  For more information and to assist in recruitment, please refer to this flyer and information sheet. If you are interested in being either a Youth Commissioner or a member of the YAB, please fill out an application. Please share this information widely. For any questions, please contact  Alicia Diebold via e-mail or at 586-419-3610.

Legislative Roundup: Gov. Rauner Signs DCFS-Related Bills 

Earlier this month, Gov. Rauner signed 13 bills into to law affecting youth in DCFS care.  These new laws supporting youth who have been trafficked, youth in temporary residential centers, youth in residential treatment facilities, extended family placement, and the rights of youth in foster care.  To review the summary of bills disseminated by DCFS, click here.

A new study reveals how a computer model accuratetly differentiates between young people who developed psychosis and those who did not, The Atlantic reports.

Adolescent brains are hard wired to experience pleasure during the teen years more than at any other life stage, researchers share in the recent New York Times article "The Terrible Teens."

The Institute of Medicine and National Research Council's 2014 report Investing in the Health and Well-Being of Young Adults is now available online covering topics such as health care for young adults, young adults and public health, marginalized young adults, and young adults as parents.