Contact Person: Shirley Barsh, Public Service Administrator
Contact Address: 100 W. Randolph St.,Chicago, IL 60601-3249
Contact Phone: 312-814-5510
Founded In: June, 1999
Brief Description : Illinois has four statewide Citizen Review Panels (CRP) comprised of 1) Statewide Citizen Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN), 2) the Children’s justice Task Force (CJTF) and (3) the Child Death Review Teams Executive Council (CDRT)s; and 4) Child and Family Advisory Committee (CFAC).
Each Panel has a chairperson and vice-chairperson. Currently Illinois is working to-reorganize the Steering committee which will include the chair and vice chair, DCFS Administrators and Coordinators within the Division of Operations, Office of Policy, Child Protection and the Division of Quality Assurance. The CRP Steering Committee once re-organized will meet at least twice a year to share information, set goals, and assess the progress of previous recommendations.
Current Panel Members Work Products and or Project Focus Areas:
While the DCFS Advisory Council has been inactive for approximately 6 years due to changes in leadership, the Advisory Council are most concerned with the issues surrounding residential care and look forward to the opportunity to aid the Department to determine the best course of action. Upon learning of the issues surrounding the Chicago Tribune’s “Harsh Treatment” series, the Council was asked to meet on an emergency basis with the Acting DCFS Director Bobbie Gregg and her leadership team to help resolve the issues. The youth who had been in care were involved in these meetings as an opportunity for the youth to express their support and concerns regarding residential care.
Website : Citizen Review Panels Reports are available in the Library section of the Illinois DCFS website: www.il.state.us/dcfs
Budget Amounts and Sources : This fiscal year 3 of the 4 Citizen Review Panel in Illinois were allocated an annual budget for the amount of $7,500 each. The funds are paid out of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) Basic State Grant. The budget is for travel reimbursement, for in and out-state conference(s) and for panel members to attend the National CRP conference. Funds may also support panel member’s attendance at special meetings for improving child safety and protection. The Children Justice Grant support the CJTF members attendance at the National CRP Conference, travel reimbursement and other cost approved in the annual budget relative to the work of the CJT.
2008 Annual Report (pdf)