John Howard Society of York Region

Adult Services

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

Contact Information: 905-895-9943 ext. 216

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


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 Brochure

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.


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.

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

EMPower Program

EMPower, our pre-employment program which aims to promote employment and social participation among marginalized communities, has been developed for individuals 18 years and older who identify as Black, Indigenous or Newcomers and who may be justice-involved or at risk of justice involvement. EMPower provides clients with 12-weeks of pre-employment training, followed by a 12-week job placement opportunity.

Funding is provided by Canadian Heritage and is available to you at no cost. If you are interested in this program, please contact us as soon as possible to enroll in the next program cohort!