Our Community Program Method
- Explain the nature of the program and respond to relevant questions or concerns.
- Review protocols, expectations, timelines and potential outcomes.
- Assessment of young person’s readiness to meet relevant responsibilities.
- Develop “individualized plan” targeting specific expectations and intervention strategies.
- Participation agreement signed by young person and parent confirming compliance guidelines.
- Individual and/or group tasks are created that promote constructive learning opportunities
- Pro-social skill development and accountability
- Supervision/support of young person targeting completion of assigned tasks
- Emphasis on building rapport with young person in order to promote open effective communication
- Parental involvement/endorsement of targeted strategies
- Mentoring: guidance and advice in dealing with issues and concerns
- Connect/refer to applicable community services
- Discharge review completed with young person and parent
- Discharge summary/report forwarded to referring source
- Where applicable program evaluation forwarded to client and parent
Our Community Programs
Youth Justice Committee Program
- Initiated in 1999.
- Restorative Justice program operated by Laurencrest Youth Services Inc. through a contractual arrangement with the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario.
- Referrals come from the Extra Judicial Measures Program (pre-charge) and the Extra Judicial Sanctions Program (post-charge)
- The program utilizes trained citizen volunteers representing the community and victims in negotiating an agreement with the young person and their parents. The agreement requires the young person to accept responsibility for their actions and to complete specific sanctions in order to make amends.
Community Service Order Program of SD&G
- Initiated in 1986, the program averaged 150 cases per year.
- Alternative to incarceration option that had participants complete a set number of hours at a work place in keeping with their court ordered disposition, or as a sanction from the Youth Justice Committee.
- Program Coordinator arranged and supported placements in a variety of worksites throughout Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry.
- Funding was provided by contractual arrangement with MCCSS.
- In June of 2011, MCCSS assigned responsibility of CSO service delivery to probation services across the province of Ontario.
- As of March 2012, a modified program has been developed to oversee community service placements related to Extra Judicial Measures and Extra Judicial Sanctions.
Court Conferencing Program
- Initiated in April 2003 at the request of the local Crown Attorney, the program facilitates constructive discussions involving sentencing recommendations.
- The program coordinator engages relevant parties including young person, parents, victim, crown, counsel, education advisor and any other pertinent sources of information.
- A conference is arranged in accordance with the requirements of the Youth Criminal Justice Act and can be either informal (non-judicial) or formal, involving the presiding judge.
Mandatory Attendance Program
- Initiated in January of 2004.
- A full-time program coordinator is assisted, as required, by a roster of part-time specialists in designing and implementing individualized cognitive/behavioural services, addressing targeted risk areas for referred young people. The young person and the parents actively contribute to the development of a specific plan of care.
- Referrals are forwarded by Probation Services, the Youth Justice Committee and the Crown Attorney as part of the Conferencing Program process.
Section 23 Classroom
- Initiated in September 2004 at the request of the Upper Canada District School Board.
- A specialized school program for “hard to serve” young people between the ages of 12 and 18.
- The program is a joint venture as per the contractual agreement between Laurencrest Youth Services Inc. and the School Board. Laurencrest receives funding for their participation from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
- The UCDSB provides a qualified special education teacher to support the delivery of academic courses in accordance with the Ministry of Education’s curriculum. Laurencrest Youth Services Inc. provides educational/clinical management as well as a full-time Educational Support Worker in the implementation of the care and treatment component of the program.
- In January 2018, Laurencrest entered a partnership with the UCDSB to support a Grade 7 to 8 Section 23 Program out of CCVS, located at 437 Sydney Street, Cornwall.
- The Grade 9 to 12 adolescent program is currently being run out of CCH’s location at 1520 Cumberland Street, Cornwall.
Extra Judicial Measures
- Initiated in April 2008.
- Extrajudicial Measures (EJM) program is a voluntary pre-charge diversion process providing community-based interventions outside of formal judicial proceedings.
- The program holds the young person accountable for their actions by requiring the young person to make reparation for the harm done while providing/coordinating appropriate supportive programs and services based on the needs of the young person.
- Referrals for EJM are through police services.
Extra Judicial Sanctions
- Initiated in September 2011.
- Extrajudicial Sanctions (EJS) is a voluntary post-charge diversion process providing community-based interventions outside of formal judicial proceedings.
- Referrals are at the discretion of the Crown Attorney following the laying of a formal criminal charge.
- The program holds the young person accountable for their actions by requiring the young person to make reparation for the harm done while providing/coordinating appropriate supports and services to the young person.
- Successful participation in the program can prompt the Crown to stay the charge and forego further formal proceedings.
Youth Mental Health Court Worker
- Initiated in SD&G in December 2011, initiated in Prescott-Russell in 2016
- The Youth Mental Health Court Worker (YMHCW) program provides support to the Youth Court for situations where there is a mental health concern.
- The YMHCW establishes/maintains contact with community-based services to divert young people with serious mental health needs in conflict with the law to community-based mental health resources and services.
- In collaboration with the young people, case workers, mental health service providers, members of the justice system, key individuals and other community-based services, the program facilitates the development of an individualized plan that will address the mental health needs of a young person at key intervention points in the judicial process.
- The YMHCW will expedite referrals to the mental health system to minimize involvement in the criminal justice system.
- Referrals are voluntary, and can be made at any time throughout the court process. Referral sources include the Crown Attorney, Duty Counsel, Defence Counsel, Probation Services, school authorities, Service Providers and family members.
Standard Teen Triple P Practitioners (Positive Parenting Program)
- Initiated June 2012.
- Qualified staff are trained to deliver a focused parenting support intervention to parents with teenagers.
- Standard Teen Triple P is suitable for parents with concerns about their teenager’s behaviour, or who wish to learn a variety of parenting skills that will promote their teenager’s positive development.
- Standard Triple P is designed as a ten-session intervention with each session taking approximately 1 hour.
- The intervention involves a thorough assessment of parent/teen interaction, the application of parenting skills to a broad range of target behaviours and the use of generalization enhancement strategies to promote parental autonomy.
Direct Accountability Program: (Adult Diversion)
- Initiated in March 2011.
- The Direct Accountability Program (DAP) is an alternative to prosecution for eligible individuals who have been charged with minor criminal offences. The program involves accused persons being held accountable through community-based sanctions.
- Cases referred to DAP can be resolved as quickly as the same day, but some cases may require an adjournment for a period of time for participants to fulfill the terms of their sanction. Sanctions should be completed within 90 days.
- It allows for the efficient resolution of some minor court matters.
- Reduces the amount of time victims and witnesses may have to spend in court.
- Recognizes that community-based sanctions can be an effective way of holding some individuals accountable for some minor offences.
- Holds people accountable for their actions, while ensuring they also make amends for the harm caused.
- The Community Justice Worker’s assessment of the individual will include determining the person’s willingness to accept responsibility for the offence, and their suitability and motivation to make reparation through assigned sanctions.
- The Community Justice Worker will discuss the sanction to be imposed with the participant, and a time limit will be set for the completion of the agreed upon sanction. Some of the sanctions available through DAP include:
- A Letter of Apology
- Community Service Work
- Charitable donation
- Attending a MAG Funded program
- Community based counselling Services
- Being eligible to participate in the program does not mean a person is “getting off easy”. It does mean, however, that by successfully completing the sanction imposed, individuals can be held accountable for their behaviour and have the charge(s) withdrawn or stayed (in some locations) by the courts.
Adult Community Service Order Program
- Initiated January 2013 as per the contractual agreement with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
- Referrals reflect court ordered sentences with a condition to complete an established amount of community service.
- Referrals are directed to the Community Justice Worker by the adult probation officer.
- The Community Justice Worker arranges work placements for clients in a timely manner.
- The Community Justice Worker interviews clients to assess their skills, abilities and suitability for particular placement settings.
- The Community Justice Worker monitors client progress and provides monthly reports to Probation Services.
- The Community Justice Worker makes such contacts as necessary to acquire new work placements to ensure that the program has capacity beyond the current year.
- The Community Justice Worker ensures and maintains case records, program promotion, placement development and compilation of statistics
Adult Transitional Worker Program
- Initiated October 1, 2014.
- Purchase of Service agreement with Counselling and Support Services of SD&G.
- Provide support to transitional age young people leaving the care of the CAS with a developmental delay diagnosis.
- The Transitional Worker provides hourly support in accordance with established goals and objectives identified in the Individual Support Plan and/or as determined during Case Conferencing.
- Support includes direct client time with a focus on teaching skills in such areas as money management, food management, job searching, healthy relationship coaching, life-skills, social recreation activities, safety and emergency planning and personal growth.
- Initiated November 1, 2014 in SD&G. Initiated in Prescott-Russell in October, 2016.
- Intersections is a voluntary early intervention program for young people between 5 and 17.
- The program provides for system navigation and coordination of services for young people with suspected mental health, developmental disabilities and/or substance use issues in order to facilitate interventions and reduce involvement with police services.
- Collaborative initiative with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Cornwall City Police, OPP detachments in SD&G & Prescott-Russell and Laurencrest.
- Referrals are from police services in their role as first responders to non-criminal circumstances.
- The Intersections Worker provides support to referred young people and their families utilizing a strength based, goal orientated approach.
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