John Howard Society of York Region

Adult Services

For more information on any of the programs listed below, please contact Sarita Leicher, Program Manager

Contact Information:   437-431-0231 (text or call)

Newmarket Court and Bradford Court 905-895-9943 ext. 407

For Community Partners who are seeking to make referrals, please use form below:

JHSYR Adult Services Referral Form


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.


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Reintegration Program

The Reintegration Program supports adults involved with, or at risk of involvement with, the criminal justice system reintegrate back into their home communities in York Region. Support is provided through: case management; immediate temporary housing options with support to secure stable housing; and help with immediate basic needs and housing start-up support. The APIC Model and gendered-responses and approaches are followed while supporting participants through the program. 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, or planning to reside in, York Region.

Funding provided by United Way Greater Toronto, Newmarket Charitable Gaming Association, and Service Canada.  This program is available to you at no cost. However, for Record Suspension application support, a fee is required.

Reintegration Program


The Mental Health and Addictions Peer Support (MHAPS) 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 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.


Direct Accountability Program

The Direct Accountability Program is made up of two alternatives to formal charges and/or prosecution for individuals who have been held over for specific minor criminal offences.

Post-Charge Diversion is an alternative to formal prosecution for individuals who have been charged with specific minor criminal offences. This program is court referred and available as a post-charge alternative for accused individuals to be held accountable through community based sanctions.

Funding provided by the Government of Ontario

For Crown Attorneys who would like to send us a Direct Accountability Program referral, please send all pertaining documentation to:

Pre-Charge Diversion  are referrals directly from York Regional Police for individuals who volunteer to participate in the program as an alternative to formal charges for specific minor criminal offences. Individuals in the program are provided an opportunity to be held accountable and make amends by participating in community based sanctions. Individuals are provided with community resources and counselling supports as a positive response to reducing crime.

Funding provided by the Government of Ontario.

For individuals seeking more information about the Adult Pre-Charge Diversion program, please send an email to: 

Adult Pre Charge Diversion