John Howard Society of York Region

Adult Programs

PAR Program

The Partner Assault Response (PAR) Program is a 12-session Domestic Violence Court initiative that delivers a specialized community-based group intervention program to give individuals the opportunity to examine their beliefs and attitudes towards intimate partner violence and to learn non-abusive ways of resolving conflict.

This program is ideal for those 18 years and older.

Funding provided by the Government of Ontario; however, this program is also supported through fee-for-service. Fees are based upon one’s income and individual circumstances.

For program inquiries or to register for the program, please contact 905-895-9943 ext. 200

To send us a PAR Program referral, please email the referral to: parreferrals@johnhowardyorkregion.on.ca  

Mindset

Mindset, our anger management program, utilizes techniques based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help increase your capacity to better understand and manage your anger and emotional responses in a more constructive and positive manner. This program can help to improve your self-regulation and self-management skills to help reduce the intensity, frequency and duration of your anger and subsequently, help support the end of any patterns of aggression.

This program is ideal for those 18 years and older.

This is a fee-for-service program, with fees based upon one’s income and individual circumstances.

Contact information: 905-470-0003 ext. 204

tsamaroo@johnhowardyorkregion.on.ca

Reintegration Program

The Reintegration Program follows the APIC Model to provide case management, brief support, referrals to community resources and client advocacy to individuals and families who may have experienced contact with the law or are at risk. Individuals are supported in goal planning for their own personal objectives and assisted in navigating and accessing community resources. Through this program, we can also help determine your eligibility for a record suspension, formerly known as a Pardon, and can assist you with the application process.

This program is ideal for those 18 years and older who are residing in our planning to reside in York Region.

Funding provided by United Way Greater Toronto and is available to you at no cost. However, for Record Suspension application support, a fee is required.

Contact Information: 905-470-0003 ext. 408

nhanson@johnhowardyorkregion.on.ca

Reintegration Program Brochure

Reintegration Program – Women’s Support

The Reintegration Women’s Support stream follows the Collaborative Case Work with Justice-Involved Women (CCW-W) model to provide evidence-based case management and practices to support women who have been involved with the criminal justice system. Needs assessments are conducted to determine the level of support you will require. Programming seeks to reduce social isolation by mobilizing your strengths, building your skills and increasing your connections with family, friends and your community.

This program is ideal for women 18 years and older who are currently involved with the criminal justice system.

Funding is provided by Ontario Trillium Foundation and is available to you at no cost.

Contact Information: 905-895-9943 ext. 210

babdulkhaliq@johnhowardyorkregion.on.ca

MAPS Program

The Mental Health and Addictions Peer Support (MAPS) Program is staffed by Peer Support Workers, who are individuals with lived experience, and will work with you one-on-one to explore recovery goals and help connect you with community supports and services. MAPS provides connections to mental health services, addiction services, housing supports, cultural resources, accessing OW & ODSP, and more. Peer Support Workers can also support you in attending probation, court, and counselling appointments, and developing harm reduction plans.

This program is ideal for those 18 years and older who are currently on probation and have mental health and/or substance use issues and/or who feel they would benefit from peer support.

Funding provided by the Ministry of the Solicitor General and is available to you at no cost.

Contact Information: 905-470-0003 ext. 204

tsamaroo@johnhowardyorkregion.on.ca

The Criminal Record Hotline

The Criminal Record Hotline provides information and education on how one can move forward from their criminal record. Through this hotline, you can access education on what a record suspension is and the process, steps you can take while waiting to become eligible for a record suspension, information for people with non-conviction police records, requests for fingerprint and photograph removal from police databases, and US travel waivers.

Contact information: criminalrecords@johnhowardyorkregion.on.ca

Direct Accountability Program

The Direct Accountability Program is an alternative to formal prosecution for people who have been charged with certain minor criminal offences. The program involves accused persons being held accountable through community-based sanctions.

Funding provided by the Government of Ontario.

Contact Information:

Newmarket Court 905-895-2950

Bradford Court 905-806-3367

Federal Diversion Program

The Federal Diversion Program is an alternative to formal prosecution for people who have been charged with certain minor criminal offences. The program involves people who have been charged with a federal crime being held accountable for their actions through community-based sanctions.

Contact Information:

Newmarket Court 905-895-2950