ABC (A Better Choice) Program*ECD

Type of Service

Addictions Treatment - Substance Abuse

Program Description

ABC is a community-based harm reduction program. Treatment philosophy is based on the principles of women-centered care (empowerment, participatory, safe, holistic, comprehensive, individualized, respectful of diversity, and social justice focused). Treatment modalities rely on stages of change model primarily but not exclusively. Individual and group counselling support, education (includes children and/or child supervision), and life skill development. Case management includes screening and intake, psychosocial needs assessment, individual treatment, goal planning and review, outreach, education, and referrals. There are no mandatory or exclusionary aspects. Outreach/home visits as needed.

Program Restricted To

Early Childhood Development Clients

Access Information

Clients may self-refer or be referred. Encourage individual clients to contact ABC themselves. A brief telephone screening is completed, followed by a screening/intake interview (scheduled within 72 hours of contact wherever possible). To qualify for service, clients must be substance involved, pregnant and/or parenting a child aged zero to six or have a child aged zero to six in CAS, with access. Transportation assistance is available.

User Costs

Program Cost No
Additional Cost No

Referral Contact Information

Phone 905-378-1075 ext. 5095
Fax 905-687-9768

Clients Served

Gender Female
Age 1 and up
Catchment Counties: (Niagara)
Wheelchair Access No


Policy Allowed
Note No smoking on hospital property.


English Interpretation Services


Main Hours

Monday 0800-1600
Tuesday 0800-1600
Wednesday 0800-1600
Thursday 0800-1600
Friday 0800-1600