Community Programs

located at St Mathew Catholic Secondary High School, situated at 822 Marlborough St, Cornwall, Ontario, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3pm-6pm.

Our Community Program Method

Intake
  • 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.
Case Management
  • Individual and/or group tasks are created that promote constructive learning opportunities
  • Pro-social skill development and accountability
  • Supervision/support of youth 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
Case Closure
  • Discharge review completed with youth and parent
  • Discharge summary/report forwarded to referring source
  • Where applicable program evaluation forwarded to client and parent

Our Community Programs

  • 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 Exra 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.
  • 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 M.C.Y.S.
  • In June of 2011 MCYS assigned responsibility of CSO service delivery to probation services across the province of Ontario.
  • As of March 2012 a modified program has been developed in order to oversee community service placements related to Extra Judicial Measures and Extra Judicial Sanctions.
  • 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.
  • 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 youth. Youth and parent 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.
  • Initiated in February 2006.
  • In partnership with the Upper Canada District School Board,  our agency is responsible for program delivery and administration of the A.B.L.E. program targeting youth receiving chronic suspensions.
  • Referrals are from the school board.
  • Program operates Monday to Friday during school hours  from the T.R. Leger School site (formally GVIS).
  • A  key component is the development of interpersonal skills that will enable the youth to become a better student as well as foster positive relationships with authority figures.
  • Purpose of the program is to address behaviours that contravene school policy. Regular attendance and meeting expectations is a mandatory requirement in order for the young person to return to school.
  • Initiated in September 2004 at the request of the Upper Canada District School Board.
  • 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 M.C.Y.S.
  • A specialized school program for “hard to serve” youth between the ages of twelve and eighteen.
  • Currently operates out of the T.R. Leger School site at 1500 Cumberland Street (formally GVIS).
  • The UCDSB provides a qualified special education teacher to support the delivery of academic courses in accordance with Ministry of Education 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.
  • 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 youth 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 youth.
  • Referrals for EJM are through police services.
  • 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 youth 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 youth.
  • Successful participation in the program can prompt the Crown to stay the charge and fore-go further formal proceedings.
  • Initiated in December 2011
  • The Youth Mental Health Court Worker Program  (YMHCW) provides support to the Youth Court for situations where there is a mental health concern.
  • The YMHCW establishes/maintains contacts with community-based services to divert youth with serious mental health needs and in conflict with the law to community based mental health resources and services.
  • In collaboration with the youth, caregivers, mental health service providers, members of the justice system, other community based services and key individuals 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.
  • YMHCWs 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.
  • 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 teenagers positive development.
  • Standard Triple P is designed as a ten session intervention with each session taking approximately one1 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.
  • 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 ninety (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:
    • Restitution
    • 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.
  • 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
  • Initiated October 1, 2014.
  • Purchase of Service agreement with Counselling and Support Services of S.D. & G.
  • Provide support to transitional age youth leaving the care of the C.A.S with a developmental delay diagnosis.
  • The Transitional Worker provides hourly support in accordance with established goals and objectives identified in the 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.
  • Intersections is a voluntary early intervention program for youth between eight and eighteen.
  • The program provides for system navigation and coordination of services for youth with suspected mental health 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  and Laurencrest.
  • Referrals are from police services in their role as first responders to non-criminal  circumstances.
  • The Intersection Worker provides support to referred youth and their families utilizing a strength based, goal orientated approach.
  • Initiated November 1, 2014 as a two year pilot program.
  • The Comfort Zone is an after school program delivered by a Youth Workers/Mentors in a safe comfortable setting located at St Mathew Catholic Secondary High School, situated at 822 Marlborough St, Cornwall, Ontario, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3pm-6pm.
  • The purpose of the Comfort Zone Program is to provide a safe environment for “at-risk ” youth in order to generate a connection to a mentor for purposes of addressing questions. concerns or issues facing the youth. Factors to consider include;  youth’s impulsive, aggressive or antisocial behaviour, poor coping skills, low self-esteem, school related difficulties and/or are experiencing a volatile home life.
  • Referrals are completed for youth aged 12-18 who are identified by school authorities, police officers, health and social services, Children’s Aid Societies and other organizations working with youth.
  • Participation is voluntary and time is taken to build trust between the mentor and the young person.
  • The goal is to positively impact the participant’s mental health to lower or eliminate the risk of ant-social behaviour and/or conflict with the law.
  • The desired outcome is increased self-sufficiency generating an improved capacity to embrace life’s opportunities and effectively deal with their inherent challenges.

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  • Initiated February 25, 2016. The Caring Dads Program is an intervention program for fathers (including biological, step, common-law) who have physically abused, emotionally abused or neglected their children, or exposed their children to domestic violence or who are deemed to be at high-risk for these behaviours.
  • The program consists of a 17 week, empirically-based, manualized group parenting intervention for fathers, systematic outreach to mothers to ensure safety and freedom from coercion, and ongoing, collaborative case management of fathers with referrers and with other professionals involved with the men’s families.
  • Caring Dads combines elements of parenting, fathering, battering and child protection practice to enhance the safety and wellbeing of children. Program principles emphasize the need to enhance men’s motivation, promote child-centered fathering and to address men’s ability to engage in respectful, non-abusive co-parenting with children’s mothers.
  • Laurencrest Youth Services Inc. has three Caring Dads Program facilitators. Group sessions are co-facilitated with similarly trained community partners.

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