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John Howard Society of York Region

John Howard Society of York Region, Markham Office

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COVID-19 -- accepting new client referrals * telephone, online and video appointments * MindSet Anger Management Program -- delivered through online secured platform, accepting referrals via telephone 905-895-9943 ext 204 or email


Adult Services

Reintegration Support Services -- for individuals 18 years and older and families who may have experienced or are at risk of experiencing contact with the law * case management, brief support including goal planning, accessing employment, job and life skills, housing and food security * referrals to community resources, client advocacy

Record Suspensions Support -- for individuals 18 years and older who were convicted of a criminal offence and have completed their sentence * assists in determination of eligibility and application process to have criminal record kept separate and apart

Partner Assault Response -- 12 week group education and counselling program on domestic violence and non-abusive ways of resolving conflict * victims/partners of the offended provided with support including safety planning, referrals to community resources, and information on offender's progress

Court Diversion Program -- selected individuals 18 years and older with federal charges are provided with an opportunity to be diverted from the traditional court process while still being held accountable for the offence * sanctions may include Community Service Hours or programming as deemed appropriate by the Crown Attorney * fee * at Newmarket courthouse, 50 Eagle St

Direct Accountability Program -- alternative to prosecution for adults 18 years and older who have been charged with minor criminal offences * involves accused persons being held accountable through relevant and meaningful community-based sanctions such as restitution, letter of apology, volunteer work, charitable donation, or attending program or presentation * at Newmarket courthouse, 50 Eagle St and Bradford courthouse 57 Holland St E

Mindset Anger Management Program -- 8 session program based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques to increase an individual's capacity to understand and manage his anger * fee

Youth Services

Healthy Youth Preventative Education (HYPE) Program -- for youth 11-25 * small group sessions that promote positive healthy relationships and target a wide range of abusive and violent behaviours and addictions among adolescents

Youth Counselling Program -- for youth 11-29 * individualized one-on-one support, weekly sessions for youth to discuss issues affecting their lives such as mental health, substance use, bullying, stress relationship conflict and criminal justice involvement * counsellor works collaboratively with the youth to enhance their understanding, overcome challenges and meet goals
Any resident of York Region 18 years and older impacted by criminal justice system * Partner Assault Response Program -- for men 18 and older, ordered by the court to attend the program in response to a criminal charge HYPE -- for youth ages 12-25 * Court diversion and Direct accountability program -- eligibility determined by Crown Attorney

Residency Requirements: York Region
Application Process
Application varies according to program, call for information * Partner Assault Response program -- call to schedule intake/assessment meeting
* Direct Accountability Program 905-895-2950
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English, French, Interpretive Services
Tricia Samaroo, Program Coordinator, Adult Services
Phone: 905-470-0003 ext 204
Service ; Sliding scale based on income, some services free
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Last Updated On
February 10, 2021
3075 14th Ave, Suite 220
Markham, ON, L3R 0G9
Intersection: 14th Ave and Steeles Ave E;
John Howard Society of York Region Site Location: Markham Office
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Hours of Operation
Hours vary depending on programming, call for information
Dates: Markham location opens April 1 2019
Service Area(s)
York Region