Category - Policy & Advocacy

ICOY Policy Advisory Committee

Illinois Collaboration on Youth's (ICOY's) policy priorities are formulated by the Policy Advisory Committee (PAC). The PAC is comprised of ICOY members who volunteer to help shape ICOY's legislative agenda according to the following guiding principles:

  • Policies and programs that are trauma-informed, evidence-supported, family-focused, culturally-responsive and community-based.
  • Policies and programs that support families, empower communities and prevent involvement in the formal juvenile justice and child welfare systems.
  • Policies and programs that ensure out-of-home placement in juvenile detention or foster care is used only when necessitated by safety concerns that cannot otherwise be mitigated, and occurs in the least restrictive setting, for the least time possible, and close to the child’s family and community.
  • Policies and programs that advance racial equity and reduce the entrenched patterns of disproportionate representation and disparate outcomes for minority children, youth and families involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems.
  • Policies and administrative practices that provide full funding for community services to enhance the well-being of children, youth and families.
  • Policies and administrative practices that support a well-qualified, trained and stable workforce serving children, youth and families.
  • Policies and administrative practices that safeguard the interests of marginalized children, youth and families throughout the State’s design, implementation and administration of Medicaid and managed care arrangements for community social services.
  • Policies and administrative practices among community youth service, juvenile justice and child welfare providers to measure their performance, evaluate outcomes and apply sound continuous quality improvement practices.
  • Policies, legislation and programs that fulfill ICOY’s strategic imperative to take a strong stance on social justice issues that impact Illinois’ children, youth and families.

2019-2020 ICOY Policy Advisory Committee Members

Anita Weinberg
Loyola University Chicago

Cathy Krieger
Children's Place of Illinois

Charles Montorio-Archer
One Hope United

Chris Schrantz
Allendale Association

Curt Holderfield
Ada S. McKinley Community Services

Dennis Jenkins
Caritas Family Solution

Eric Mayo
Children's Home and Aid

Forrest Moore
Chapin Hall

Jason Keeler
Allendale Association

Jean Alstat
Centerstone

Lisa Jacobs
Loyola University Chicago

Lisa Thompson
Project Oz

Mary Ann Berg
Nexus Youth and Family Solutions

Michael Wojcik
Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

Mike Bertrand
Lutheran Child and Family Services

Nancy Dorfman Schwartz
Hephzibah Home

Renee LeHocky
Lawrence Hall

Robin Levine
Jewish Child and Family Services

Sally Herschman
Jewish Child and Family Services

Shannon Hartnett
Northeast DuPage Family and Youth Services

Sherri Crabb
Family Counseling Center Inc.

Tim Glancy
Center for Youth and Family Solutions

Toleda Hart
Methodist Youth Services Inc.

Tyehimba Turner
UNICEF

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