Probation Community Resources is an online interactive, searchable map. It represents a collaborative effort between the Cook County Adult Probation Department (CCAPD), the Cook County Juvenile Probation Department (CCJPD), the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice, Health & Medicine Policy Research Group, and DataMade.

Probation Community Resources helps criminal justice personnel refer clients to culturally relevant and geographically specific community-based services throughout the Chicago area. On this site, users find social, health, and cultural resources by identifying client-appropriate facilities, selected by certain geographic boundaries and other search limitations, such as language and age. By facilitating access to valuable Chicago resources, this project shapes how Chicago criminal justice officers engage with their clients and communities.


Probation Resources facilitates the search for nearby services with several distinct filters: Age group, Language preferences, Facility type, Programs, and Payment preferences. What do these terms mean? Read below to learn about some of these categories.

Facility type

Housing: these resources provide a range of services, from help with finding recovery, transitional, or supportive housing, to rent assistance, to homelessness prevention services.

Legal: these resources help with legal matters, including criminal defense, expungement or sealing of criminal records, and representation in civil, family, or immigration matters.

Education and employment: education resources help with basic education, GED, or drug awareness education. Employment resources help with job readiness training, job placement, and skills training. These services may be provided as part of a behavioral health treatment program.

Social support: these resources help link individuals with social benefit programs, like LINK, WIC, Supplemental Security Income, Social Security Disability Insurance, and Medicaid eligibility, and also psycho-social support, such as Off the Block Clubs.

Food and clothing: these resources help with food, nutrition, or clothing assistance, including food depositories and clothing “closets.”

Mental, behavioral, and medical health: these resources cover both physical health and behavioral health services. Physical health services include doctors and dentists, while behavioral health includes substance abuse and mental health treatment services.


Medically assisted detox: used to treat severe cases of withdrawal from alcohol or other drugs. Patients assigned to this level of treatment require 24-hour care and physician supervision, evaluation, withdrawal management, and visitation when necessary. It usually takes place within a licensed health care facility, rehabilitation facility, or a freestanding detoxification center. Individuals who may require the use of medications during detox to manage withdrawal symptoms and cravings are administered medications in accordance with physician and or nurse orders. Typically three to five days.

Inpatient care: an organized service conducted by addiction professionals and clinicians who provide a planned regimen of around-the-clock, professionally directed evaluation, care, and treatment in an inpatient setting. This level of care includes 24-hour observation, monitoring, and treatment. A multidisciplinary staff functions under medical supervision. An example is a program with 24-hour nursing care under the direction of physicians. Lasts a minimum of 28 days.

Intensive outpatient care: nonresidential treatment service or an office practice with addiction professionals and clinicians providing professionally directed alcohol and other drug treatment. Treatment consists of regularly scheduled sessions within a structured program, with a minimum of 10 to 12 treatment hours per week. Examples include day or evening programs in which patients attend three to five weekly group therapy sessions, individual therapy, or a combination of the two in association with participation in self-help groups.

Outpatient care: nonresidential treatment service or an office practice with addiction professionals and clinicians providing professionally directed alcohol and other drug treatment. This treatment occurs in regularly scheduled sessions, usually totaling fewer than nine hours per week. Examples include, weekly or twice-weekly individual therapy, weekly group therapy, or a combination of the two in association with participation in self-help groups.

Recovery home/halfway house: residences that provide a drug- and alcohol-free environment for newly sober people. May be privately owned or owned by a treatment facility, charity organization, or hospital. Typically requires rent, employment, and engagement in outpatient treatment or 12 step programming. Types of services offered, costs, and rules of each home vary.

DUI drunk driving treatment: DUI Evaluations, education, and treatment related to traffic offenses. DUI programs commonly partner with the courts, probation, Secretary of State, or employers to meet requirements.

Substance abuse: generic term for treatment addressing a condition in which the use of one or more substances leads to a clinically significant impairment or distress. A more specific level of treatment will be determined by clinical staff after an evaluation.

Domestic violence: Partner Abuse Intervention Programs provide domestic violence perpetrator services such as assessment, individual and group education, and case coordination with referral sources (like probation). These services help perpetrators accept responsibility, modify abusive attitudes and beliefs, and give them tools to become and remain, healthy non-abusive partners and parents.

Mental illness and substance abuse (MISA): programs that address both mental illness diagnoses and substance use disorders simultaneously. Typically has a psychiatrist on staff.

Individual counseling or clinical psychological services: a process through which an individual works one-on-one with a trained clinical professional (therapist, counselor, or social worker) to explore their feelings, beliefs, or behaviors, work through challenging or influential memories, identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change, better understand themselves and others, set personal goals, and work toward desired change.

Psychiatric evaluations: a systematic evaluation of the causes, the symptoms, the course, and the consequences of a psychiatric disorder to formulate a diagnosis and a treatment plan, and to answer any questions the patient or referring specialist may have.

Medication assisted treatment: the use of medications such as methadone, suboxone, or vivitrol in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies for the treatment of substance use disorders.

Community meetings (AA/NA): peer-led support groups where members share a common problem, often a common disease or addiction. Their mutual goal is to help each other to deal with, and to heal or to recover from this problem. Often follows a 12-step model and stresses abstinence.

Anger management: individual or group psychotherapy structured to help a person decrease the heightened emotional and physiological arousal often associated with anger and provides education on the signs of anger and how to respond to anger in a positive and constructive manner.

Parenting classes: educational courses that teach parents child development, parental roles and responsibilities by offering strategies, tools, and insight for observing, interpreting, and responding to children's behaviors and needs to maximize positive outcomes. A major goal is to help parents develop and maintain positive relationships with their children.

Veteran specific: programs tailored specifically to address trauma and other issues faced by veterans. Typically require VA benefits but some programs will accept veterans without VA benefits on a case-by-case basis.

Social work and case management: encompasses a broad range of services typically provided by an assigned counselor or social worker at an agency in which an individual receives assistance with referrals to health, mental health and substance use treatment, educational, and job training resources in addition to self-help groups, community support services, and housing.

Rapid stabilization programs: short-term inpatient care to stabilize an individual following a relapse or failure to complete outpatient or intensive outpatient treatment and who does not meet the full clinical criteria for inpatient care.

Residential beds for clients with children: inpatient care that permits children to reside with their parent/guardian while receiving treatment services. Typically have restrictions on age and gender of child.

Payment preferences

Sliding fee scale: a type of payment where the amount due for a service is dependent upon the recipient’s ability to pay. Individuals with higher incomes are at the higher end of the scale, while individuals with lower incomes are at the lower end of the scale. This payment structure may be ideal for clients without insurance.

Private health insurance: health insurance purchased from a marketplace (Affordable Care Act or Obamacare) or provided by an employer. Not all private insurance is accepted by all providers, and individual fees, copays, or coinsurance may vary by provider and insurance plan.

Military insurance: health care benefits provided to qualified military veterans who received any discharge other than dishonorable. Many restrictions and qualifications apply before benefits can be approved.

Medicare: health care benefits provided to U.S. citizens/permanent legal residents age 65 or older who meet certain qualifications, or for U.S. citizens/permanent legal residents under 65 who meet specific and strict eligibility criteria.

Medicaid: health care benefits provided to eligible low-income adults, children, pregnant women, elderly adults, and people with disabilities. Most Illinois Medicaid clients are enrolled into managed care plans which provide care coordination and a medical home. Depending on where the Medicaid enrollee lives, they will receive information about whether they are required to enroll in a managed care plan and their choice of plans or instead to choose a primary care case management medical home. If they are required to enroll in a managed care plan and they do not choose a plan within the enrollment period, a plan will be chosen for them. They will have 90 days to switch plans after auto-assignment.