The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice’s IYC St. Charles facility is reporting 16 new cases of COVID-19 in staff and three new cases among the youth prompting increased mitigation and infection control measures.
The facility is located at 3825 Campton Hills Road, St. Charles.
According to an IDPH news release, all youth and staff have been tested for COVID-19 and the facility is implementing programming changes to reduce further spread.
The St. Charles youth facility is not the only facility affected statewide.
This week, Chester Mental Health Center in Randolph County reported 27 staff and five residents with newly confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Shapiro Developmental in Kankakee County reported one resident and six staff of newly confirmed cases of COVID-19. Full infection control measures are in operation at these facilities for both residents and staff.
The Illinois Youth Center – St. Charles is a Level 2 medium-security facility.
According to its website, the IYC is unique as a facility because in addition to the general population program, the facility serves as a reception center, processing the majority of all male youth committed to the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice.
During the intake process, youth are screened for mental health, substance abuse, and educational needs using a battery of validated screening and assessment tools including the MAYSI-2, YASI, TCU-Screen, GAIN, and clinical interviews. Youth also receive full physical examination.
Current educational opportunities include all classes required for 8th grade and high school graduation, a credit recovery program, and tutoring. Vocational programming will be offered in the near future.
IYC St Charles has a vast volunteer network of more than 100 volunteers from the local community who provide mentoring, tutoring and religious programs for all faiths. Some of the programs include Jump Start educational tutoring, Malachi Dads parenting group, TREC prayer group, Kane County Young Life Bible Studies, Kane County Torch Mentoring, and many others.
Youth are provided opportunities to visit with extended family and non-relative visits. They are also eligible to earn additional rewards such as increased phone calls, increased commissary privileges, increased recreation on the living units and attendance at special programs. Youth are also offered the opportunity to hold jobs at the facility.
Youth jobs include dietary, warehouse, stores, clean-up details, and working with maintenance.
SOURCE: IDPH news release, IDJJ website