NDTAC WEBINAR ILLINOIS YOUTH CENTER HARRISBURG, ILLINOIS
ILLINOIS YOUTH CENTER-HARRISBURG • The Illinois Youth Center—Harrisburg (IYC) is one of eight juvenile facilities operated by the Illinois Department of Corrections. • Population • Males: Ages 13-21 years • Adjudicated from all over the state • Crimes range from retail theft to murder • Average population is approximately 370 • Average length of stay is 11 months
ILLINOIS YOUTH CENTER-HARRISBURG • EDUCATION • The Illinois Department of Corrections has its own school district: School District 428 • We are a Illinois State Board of Education certified high school • General Education (elementary through twelfth grade) • Special Education (40%-50% of the population) • Schoolwide Title I • GED prep and testing (96.5% success rate) • Vocational • College Technical/Southeastern Illinois College
PBIS Implementation Timeline for IYCFirst Year (2001) Pre Implementation • Secure permission from School District and facility administration • Data collection system established, begin baseline data collection • Present PBIS concepts and practices to all staff (Big Picture) • Establish PBIS Team at IYC-Harrisburg • PBIS Team develops school wide PBIS program • PBIS Team presents ideas for systems and practices to school staff • Get commitment from at least 80 per cent of school staff • School staff endorses PBIS as one of their top three school improvement goals • Train staff in principles of PBIS and school wide practices
PBIS Implementation Timeline for IYC First Year with Students • Introduce concepts and behavioral expectations to students • Implement PBIS school wide • Gather data and analyze • Implement Targeted and Specialized interventions • Establish a routine for integrating new students into the program and to refresh the memory of all students.
PBIS Implementation Timeline for IYCSecond and Following Years • Continuously analyze data, improve data collection, assess accuracy of implementation • Assess effectiveness of program, make improvements, changes • Continue staff development and staff involvement
What Does It Take to Do PBIS? • Team / Resources • People: Staff must be committed • Equipment: Very little…computers for data collection…printers…AV system • Locations: Throughout the school areas at Harrisburg • Support: From the facility administrators, the school district, and the PBIS network
THE BASICS • Respect Self: • Make decisions that will keep you safe • Treat your self in a respectable manner • Respect Others: • Treat others how you would like to be treated • Agree to disagree • Respect Property: • Use property in an appropriate manner • When finished, return items to the proper place
PBIS Model vs IYC After One Year 5% 10% 15% 20% 80 % 70%
Universal Interventions all settings, all students preventive, proactive School-Wide Systems and Practices • Teams: Teachers, Staff, and Students • Orientation of Youth • Reinforcement System • Social Skill Lessons • Discipline Policy • Professional Development
Reward System – Positive Reinforcement • We try to pair extrinsic and intrinsic rewards (praise and “ice cubes”) • Our rewards are determined by what is acceptable in a secure environment • Folders, stationary, candy, food items, pictures and greeting cards for sending home, time with Game Boys, etc. • Activities such as movies, sports tournaments, time with adults
How Do We Target Youth? • Review of Data • Informal meetings with teachers • Grade Card Behavior Reports • Behavior Reports
SECONDARY INTERVENTIONS • Pre-Correction • Check-Ins • Mentoring • Student-Teacher Mediations • Journaling • Additional Social Skills Lessons Targeted Group Interventions Some students (at-risk) High efficiency Rapid response
TERTIARY INTERVENTIONS • Check-In with a Teacher • One-on-One • Wrap-Around: Utilize the ‘Community’ • Involve School Psychologists • Confinement/Segregation • Behavior Intervention Program Targeted Group Interventions Some students (at-risk) High efficiency Rapid response
WHAT NEXT FOR PBIS At IYC-HARRISBURG? • Work on our team building skills • Really fine-tune the social skills lessons • Bring positive behavior supports practices to other departments • Include new concepts such as Balanced and Restorative Justice and Transforming the Difficult Child in our overall program.