Street-Involved Youth

Type of Service

Addictions Treatment - Substance Abuse

Program Description

Alternatives for Youth (AY) provides community treatment services to youth 12-22 years of age and those that care about them. An AY substance use therapist provides formal and drop-in groups, consultation to youth and staff, education, screening, assessment, and therapy services to a number of street-involved youth service providers at their sites. This is an outreach program in the sense that the therapist is at a number of sites weekly; however individual sessions are available.

Access Information

Referrals are completed for youth wanting "treatment services" or whenever clinically indicated. Clients go through regular intake for those who are pursuing service. Many clients are "drop-ins" where there is minimal information collected. Participation thresholds need to be kept very low to engage this population. Many of the youth drop in to see the therapist when she is at their site. Staff from partner organizations refers youth directly to the Street-Involved Youth worker. Our central intake worker also processes intakes for this program. There are also open drop-in groups regularly at a number of locations.

User Costs

Program Cost No
Additional Cost No

Referral Contact Information

Phone 905-527-4469
Fax 905-527-8291

Clients Served

Gender All
Age 12 to 22 years of age.
Catchment Counties: (Hamilton)
Wheelchair Access Yes


Policy Allowed




Main Hours

Monday 0830-1700
Tuesday 0830-2000
Wednesday 0830-2000
Thursday 0830-1700
Friday 0830-1700

The groups and times available at each site may vary. Consult main office intake worker. These services are primarily provided at Living Rock Ministries, Notre Dame Youth Hostel, and Wesley Youth Housing.