Youth Justice Programs

AYSP offers several parenting groups for parents/caregivers, and various support and educational groups for youth throughout the year.

Attendance Centre

This program is an alternative to custody under the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA). It allows a young person to remain in the community, to participate in a structured and supervised program. The program encompasses a wide variety of opportunities for youth to learn and develop new skills, while maintaining a closely supervised setting to ensure the safety of the youth and the community.

Education Forward (offered to youth participating in the Attendance Centre program) is an opportunity for those not enrolled in a traditional school program to participate in an alternative learning environment, while providing intensive one-to-one support.

ExtraJudicial Measures Program (EJM)

The EJM Program is intended to divert young persons away, pre-charge, from formal criminal proceedings and into a program of rehabilitation. The EJM Program is designed for young persons who have been involved in non-violent offences for the first time. EJM allows the police to address the actions of young persons without utilizing the formal youth justice court system. The young person will be met for an initial intake to determine the most suitable program, taking into consideration the young person’s interests, skills, and abilities.

Extrajudicial Sanctions Program (EJS)

The EJS Program is a means to divert young persons charged, away from formal criminal proceedings and into a program of rehabilitation. The EJS Program is a community-based intervention. The young person will be met for an initial intake to determine the most suitable program, taking into consideration the young person’s interests, skills, and abilities.

Multisystemic Therapy (MST)

The MST Program is an intensive, short-term intervention (3-5 months) which involves the whole family. It is a home-based, family-focused treatment which aims to reduce antisocial behaviour and improve family functioning, peer relations, and school performance of youth 12-17 years old. Sessions are goal-focused, strength-based, and occur 2+ times a week in the youth’s natural environment.

Transitional Aged Youth Outreach (TAYO)

The TAYO Program is a case management and counselling program for youth aged 16-17, who are experiencing on-going mental health challenges and are likely to transition into adult services. The TAYO Program offers a community-based service providing a consistent level of support to youth during this transition. The TAYO Program utilizes a strength-based, client-centred approach, focusing on immediate needs and long-term goals

Youth Justice Committee Program (YJC)

The YJC Program provides an alternative to formal court proceedings when dealing with young people alleged to have committed certain offences.  Youth Justice Committees involve trained community members who meet with persons harmed, accused young people and their parents/caregivers to negotiate an appropriate way for the young person to make amends for his or her actions.

Youth Mental Health Court Worker (YMHCW)

This program provides support to youth who are involved with the Youth Justice Court and are presenting with symptoms of mental health issues. The YMHCW provides referral resources to the Youth Justice Court and establishes contacts with community-based services to divert the young person away from the Criminal Justice System to mental health resources and services within the community.

This service is offered to youth involved in the Youth Justice Court at the A. Grenville & William Davis Courthouse (Brampton), the Milton Courthouse (Milton) or the Dufferin County Courthouse (Orangeville).

“I really appreciate the volunteers and the AYSP workers, especially that they passed no judgements and were very easy to speak to.”

Youth Justice Committee Program Client

To access AYSP’s Youth mental health programs, please contact AYSP’s Youth Specialist at 905.890.5222.

For access to our Family based mental health services for children and youth, click the link or call 905.451.4655.

Where To Start: Access to Mental Health Services for Children & Youth