Reintegration Programs

From custody back home, youth reintegrate to their community, school, work and family home. Our programs give youth new values on what’s right and wrong and a positive way to be in the community.

Youth Transition Services (YTS)

 

A COMMUNITY-BASED, REINTEGRATION PROGRAM FOR YOUTH WHO ARE UNDER JUDICIAL SUPERVISION.

YTS is a bridging service guiding youth aged 12 to 21 from a Youth Justice facility back to his home and community. Community Support Workers ensure the youth are engaged with community resources that are able to address the short and long-term needs of the youth in order to reduce the risk of re-offending.

The YTS mobile team provides community and family reintegration and education continuity support to youth who are sentenced or detained in one of the Open Custody/Open Detention facilities that have, collectively, a 64 bed capacity, and also youth from 2 secure facilities located in the Greater Toronto Area.

The workers connect with youth within 24 hours of admission to the system to provide an initial needs analysis. The Reintegration Plan is created based on each youth’s individual needs in collaboration with all partners who are involved with the youth. Workers build strong partnerships with youth, families, facility personnel, community services/institutions, and Probation Case Managers. The workers follow up with the youths and their families for up to a year after their release to ensure their success. Connecting youth to their communities builds resource capacity and support for youth and their families.

 
HOW IT WORKS

Our goal is to support the rehabilitation and reintegration of the young people we serve in order to reduce recidivism and contact with the Youth Justice System.

We provide each youth served with a dedicated Youth Justice Community Support Worker (CSW). These Workers emphasize building positive relationships with each young person in the program. Through this relationship, our Workers are able to encourage and support youth to develop the appropriate skills to function in society in a more healthy and positive manner. They also support youth to participate in planned activities, access other community resources and to comply with the conditions of their court orders.  

Our Community Support Workers will develop an Individualized Service Plan for each youth in the program. Each plan will be aligned with the Probation Officer’s Case Management Plan when one has been completed. After a youth has been referred to the program, the CSW will conduct an Initial Needs Assessment that will involve the youth, their Probation Officer and others from the youth’s support team.  

SERVICE REQUIREMENTS

The Youth Transition Services (YTS) Program is a service for young people that are in conflict with the law. Youth who are on probation, in custody, detention or another form of youth justice supervision may be referred to the program. Admission to the YTS Program can be voluntary or by a court or probation order.

Youth being referred to the YTS Program are required to participate for a minimum of 3-months. Our Service Plans run on a continuous 3-month cycle. This will support the participating youth with establishing a timeline to achieve service goals and to understand the expectations for program involvement.

REFERRAL PROCESS

We accept referrals from Probation Officers, Social Workers, Custody Facilities and other professionals working with youth. We also accept self-referrals from youth who are in need of our services. Previous youth justice involvement is a requirement for participating youth.

To make a referral or ask a question please contact

Emery Warner (Manager of Community Services) at

ewarner@fernieyouth.ca or 647.278.3824.

The Community Access Program (CAP)

a transportation and supervision service for youth in a detention/custody facility.

CAP provides transportation support to Open Custody/Open Detention facilities throughout the GTA for youth to attend appointments, go to court, have home visits, and go to work or school. As an adjunct to facility transports, CAP is available when core staff are unable to transport.

Transports occur throughout the day, evenings and weekends for a variety of purposes. Youth gain increased community access for efficient transition from custody, assistance with continuity of personal care, and to bridge transportation gaps between youth and family while youth are residing in custody and detention centres.

Our team of CAP Drivers are dedicated Youth Workers with a specialization in the Youth Justice System.

Our goal is that this program will support participating youth with effective reintegration supports to aid in their transition back into the community. In addition, this service will help alleviate transportation and supervision cost pressures for the facilities requesting this service.

REQUESTING A RIDE / REFERRAL PROCESS

We accept referrals from Probation Officers, Social Workers, Custody Facilities and other professionals working with youth. We also accept self-referrals from youth who are in need of our services. Previous youth justice involvement is a requirement for participating youth.

To make a request or ask a question please contact the
Community Access Program at cap@fernieyouth.ca

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