The Illinois Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health and Justice is a statewide entity working to equip communities to appropriately respond to the needs of persons with behavioral health disorders that are involved with the criminal justice system.

Based in Rockford and serving all Illinois counties, the Center promotes, coordinates, and provides training to communities looking to implement jail diversion programs and problem-solving courts for mentally ill and/or substance abusing offenders.

The Center is housed at the University of Illinois Rockford, with training access at other University of Illinois sites in Chicago, Peoria, Springfield, and Urbana/Champaign. Read More »

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Center of Excellence 2013 Annual Report

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News Around the State
Cook County WRAP and DeKalb County CLEAN Designated As Mentor Courts

June 21, 2013  NDCI, in collaboration with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) within the Office of Justice Programs at the Department of Justice and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) within the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), announced the launch of the Mentor Adult Drug Treatment Court. Mentor Courts serve as models for individuals and court teams interested in starting an Adult Drug Court or for established courts interested in learning innovative practices. Two problem-solving courts in Illinois were designated. Visit requests are reviewed based on the needs of the applying jurisdiction to include which Mentor Court would best serve those needs. If approved, NDCI can fund up to three (3) visitors from an applying jurisdiction. Costs covered include transportation, lodging, and meals. Airline tickets and hotel are paid for directly by NDCI with other expenses reimbursed upon completion of the visit. All funded visitors are required to complete a brief, online evaluation upon their return and before reimbursement. For more information or to schedule a visit contact Sonya Harper, Project Director, Phone: 571-384-1865, Email: sharper@ndci.org


June 21, 2013 

  • 11th Judicial Circuit Drug Court in St. Charles, MO
  • Billings Adult Municipal Tx Court in Billings, MT
  • Cook County WRAP in Chicago, IL
  • DeKalb County C.L.E.A.N Program in Sycamore, IL
  • Fairbault, Martin, Jackson Counties SA Court: Fairmont, MN
  • Nez Perce County Drug Court: Lewiston, ID
  • Ramsey County Adult SA Court: St. Paul, MN
  • San Diego Adult Drug Treatment Court: San Diego, CA
  • Savannah-Chatham County Drug Court: Savannah, GA
  • Stone County Circuit Court: Galena, MO
McLean County Drug Court Wins National Recognition

June 21, 2013 |  View the articles here, here, here, and here.

McLean County Drug Court Earns National Recognition from NADCP and Celebrates Graduation

June 21, 2013 |  View the articles here, here, here, and here.

Cook County Court Program Rescues Repeat Offenders from Drugs and Crime

June 3, 2013 |  View the article here.

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