Attendance Centre Program
The Attendance Centre Program is funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and is a community based sentence under the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA). The program is specifically designed for youth aged 12 to 18 who have been found guilty of committing an offence and are serving a Probation Disposition. As part of the Youth’s Probation Disposition the youth may have to participate in the Attendance Centre Program for 240 hours in a six month period. The Attendance Centre program addresses criminogenic risk factors which may have led to the youth’s involvement in the Justice System. With the use of individualized Case Management Plans, the program focuses on the youth’s strengths, needs and future goals. The Attendance Centre Program offers a wide variety of opportunities for youth to learn and expand upon their knowledge and skill sets in a structured and supervised space. Programming focuses on anger management, substance use, anti-social thinking, peer groups, life skills, financial literacy, victim awareness, social skills, heathy relationships and any other identified area of need. Youth attend during days, evenings and Saturdays.
Intensive Reintegration Service
The Intensive Reintegration Service is funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. The IRS teams works with youth aged 12-18 who are serving a Probation Disposition. Youth involvement in the service is voluntary; referrals are received from Probation Services. The IRS team offers guidance and support to youth who are being released from a custodial facility or are residing in the community. The IRS team focuses on criminogenic risk factors which may have led to the youth’s involvement in the Justice System. Within the IRS program, individuals receive service on a one to one basis, with a focus on goal development, crisis management, advocacy, and creating positive linkages to the community with the intended outcome of reducing recidivism. Services provided include transportation to appointments, housing searches, advocacy in educational settings, employment assistance, creating linkages to financial support, life skills, social skills, connection to counselling services, including addictions and any other service deemed necessary in the Case Management Plan. Referrals are received from Probation Services.
FASD Intensive Reintegration Service
The FASD Intensive Reintegration Service is funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. The program focuses on working with youth aged 12-18 who have been diagnosed with FASD or suspected. The staff member approaches each youth referred to the program with a holistic viewpoint, using principles from the Relationship Based Perspective to support one in all facets of their life – home, school, employment and the community in general. In addition, using the Neurodevelopment Model of Behavior Management to help educate the individual on their specific needs to enhance the ability to advocate for oneself. In keeping with this behavioral model the individual is supported with crisis management with the objective to provide perspective for the individual with regards to social and emotional awareness. This is in keeping with mentorship to assist with preventing social vulnerabilities, improving on emotional regulatory skills and reducing recidivism. Referrals are received from Probation Services.