John Howard Society of York Region

Adult Programs

PAR Program

A 12-session Domestic Violence Court initiative that delivers a specialized community-based group intervention program to individuals who have committed a criminal offence against a current or former intimate partner. The program has two primary goals: (1) to enhance safety and (2) to increase offender accountability.

Eligibility for the program is determined by the Crown Attorney and/or Probation office. The program is delivered through a psycho-education model where participants are given the opportunity to examine their beliefs and attitudes towards domestic abuse and to learn non-abusive ways of resolving conflict. Information and support are also provided to the victims of these crimes.

Fees for the program are based on a sliding scale that takes the participants income into consideration.

For more information on this program, please contact:

Erika Chang
Program Manager
t: 905.895.9943 ext. 206
f: 905.895.0861
e: echang@johnhowardyorkregion.on.ca

This program is funded by the Government of Ontario.

Direct Accountability Program

The Direct Accountability Program is an alternative to prosecution for adults 18 years and older who have been charged with minor criminal offences. Eligibility for this program is determined by the Crown Attorney’s office and participation in this program is voluntary. Sanctions are determined either by a Crown Attorney or by our Court Intake Workers. This program involves accused persons being held accountable for their actions through relevant and meaningful community-based sanctions.

By successfully completing the sanction(s) imposed through this program, individuals are held accountable for their actions and in turn, give back to their community and/or repair the harm their criminal charge has caused. Successful program completion allows for criminal charge(s) to be withdrawn by the court. Individuals who are not accepted into the Direct Accountability Program or who do not successfully complete their sanctions to the satisfaction of the Court Intake Workers or to the court will be returned to the formal court process.

Funding for this program is provided by the Government of Ontario.

Federal Diversion Program

The Federal Diversion Program is an alternative to prosecution for adults 18 years and older who have been charged with minor federal offences. Eligibility for this program is determined by the Federal Crown Attorney’s office and participation in this program is voluntary. Sanctions are determined either by a Federal Crown Attorney or by our Court Intake Workers. This program involves accused persons being held accountable for their actions through relevant and meaningful community-based sanctions.

By successfully completing the sanction(s) imposed through this program, individuals are held accountable for their actions and in turn, give back to their community and/or repair the harm their criminal charge has caused. Successful program completion allows for federal charge(s) to be withdrawn by the court. Individuals who do not successfully complete their sanctions to the satisfaction of the Court Intake Workers or to the court will be returned to the formal court process.

This is a fee for service program. Program participants income may be taken into consideration.

For more information on the Federal Diversion or Direct Accountability program, please contact:

Tricia Samaroo
Program Coordinator
t: 905.470.0003 ext. 204
f: 905.470.0090
e: tsamaroo@johnhowardyorkregion.on.ca

Newmarket Courthouse: 905-895-2950
Bradford Courthouse: 905-806-3367 (Thursdays only)

Reintegration Program

The Reintegration Program aims to increase the capacity of individuals and families to work towards building economic independence through the provision of supports to accessing employment, job and life skills, housing and food security. The goal of this program is to accelerate the reintegration of clients into the community and lower the rates of recidivism.

Through this program, John Howard Society of York Region also aims to improve the capacity of unemployed and at-risk individuals through community referrals, guidance, counseling, life skills and case management support. This program is available at no cost

This program is funded by the United Way of Greater Toronto.

Reintegration Program Brochure

Record Suspensions

A Record Suspension (pardon) is an order that keeps a person’s criminal record of convictions separate from other criminal records. This means that a person’s convictions will not be revealed on criminal record checks. It does not erase a criminal record.

Record Suspensions allow people who have made positive life changes to be freed from many of the negative impacts of having a criminal record.

Mindset

The Mindset Program is comprised of 8 educational sessions that aims to build client awareness and skill towards healthy ways of emotional regulation. This program utilizes techniques based on the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). This a fee for service based program.

For more information about the Reintegration Program, Record Suspensions or the MiNDSET Program please contact:

Nikki Hanson
Reintegration Worker
t: 905.895.9943 ext. 204
f: 905.895.0861
e: nhanson@johnhowardyorkregion.on.ca

R.E.A.C.H.

The REACH Program aims to support men who have had involvement with the criminal justice system to reconnect with their peers, community and family in a healthy way.

The REACH Program provides group based sessions, support, and referrals to individuals so that they may feel included, valued, and positively engaged in healthier relationships with their loved ones. Through this program, John Howard Society of York Region also aims to establish a sense of belonging for residents of York Region and by extension, strengthen the overall fabric of the community.

This is a voluntary program and is available at no cost.

REACH Brochure