The Recipient proposes a three-year pilot project to provide both face-to-face and e-counselling to approximately 150 youth within the criminal justice system with illicit substance abuse issues in the Halton/Peel area. The organization will introduce the Stages of Change addiction recovery model and e-counselling, a confidential secure Web site to provide treatment counselling. Trained counsellors will customize a dual-pronged, 12-week program specifically targeted for each youth to help them overcome the addiction and maintain recovery, reintegrate them back into the community by engaging and/or reconnecting them to school or employment, and enhance family relationships. The e-counselling will be available to youth 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Youth will also participate in information sessions and presentations on anger management, behaviour modification, legal implications of illicit drugs and the court system. Individual and group sessions will be held for parents and siblings to understand the illicit drug addiction and subsequent behaviours, learn effective problem solving and enrich parental skills.