Youth Recovery Court

Youth Recovery Court (YRC) is a program designed for teaching youth and their families how to cope with mental health symptoms, substance abuse issues, and negative behaviors that have resulted in criminal charges and criminal behavior. YRC’s priority is to keep youth from re-offending and engage them in treatment services so they can lead a productive, successful, and positive life. The YRC program provides a case manager, mental health counselor, and substance use treatment services in conjuction with intensive juvenile probation and court supervision. This is all accomplished through use of family involvement in services, the use of sanctions and incentives to increase motivation, behavior charts to track progress through treatment, and a level system intended to provide structure throughout the treatment process.

For more information about the YRC program, please review the Participant Handbook. 

YRC Participant Handbook

To refer an individual to the YRC program, complete the referral form below and return it to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

YRC Referral Form

For questions regarding referrals, please contact Melissa Rader, Problem-Solving Courts Supervisor at 815-319-4805 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 PSC 988 Crisis Line


Resource Links on Treatment Courts:

National Center for State Courts

Bureau of Justice Assistance

Illinois Association of Problem-Solving Courts

All Rise- formerly National Association of Drug Court Professionals




For additional Information, please contact:

Emily Behnke,
Deputy Court Administrator





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