In addition to our core services, the agency has responded to emerging needs and special populations by offering the following specific programs either alone or through partnership agreements with other agencies.
Panic Anxiety Disorder Group
A ten week cognitive-behavioural group for clients suffering from this disorder, many of whom have a co-occurring substance use problem. This program is co-delivered by the Community Mental Health Program, Regional Niagara Public Health Department and COMMUNITY ADDICTION SERVICES OF NIAGARA. This evening program is held at COMMUNITY ADDICTION SERVICES OF NIAGARA from 7 to 9 pm approximately twice a year. Referrals are made to the Community Mental Health Program. The next session is tenatively scheduled for early Fall of 2014.
In partnership with StreetWorks, an AIDS Niagara program, a COMMUNITY ADDICTION SERVICES OF NIAGARA counsellor accompanies a worker on the mobile unit one evening weekly. Collaboration provides health teaching, harm reduction supplies, support and counselling to the drug using and street-involved populations. Office Hours #905-984-8684, Street Works Van #905-328-6715
Service to secondary students is provided on-site at several schools in the Niagara Region on a regular basis. School personnel, family members and youth themselves can request an appointment with the COMMUNITY ADDICTION SERVICES OF NIAGARA youth counsellor. Services are provided in either individual or group contexts. Educational groups for ‘high-risk’ students designed to increase knowledge and induce positive choices through interactive and thought-provoking activities are provided at the request of school personnel.
A counsellor provides assessment, treatment planning and discharge services for soon to be released incarcerated adults at the Niagara Detention Centre on a bi-weekly basis. This pre-release contact is intended to prepare and facilitate client transition to community-based treatment.
Youth Secure-Custody Facility
A youth counsellor provides individual and group services for young offenders residing in Peninsula Youth Centre on a bi-weekly basis.
‘Back on Track’ Program
Established by the province in 1999, individuals convicted of drinking and driving offences must attend a remedial measures program in order to be eligible for licence re-instatement. The program consists of assessment, education or treatment group and follow-up interview. The program is financed solely through a participant fee. http://www.remedial.net/about.html
Engage, Connect & RISE Programs
These 3 different, alternative education programs serve at-risk youth within the District School Board of Niagara (DSBN). CASON provides the facilitation of a psycho-educational group with these at-risk students. The purpose of this group is to educate youth and generate discussion surrounding the effects and risks of drug use, the process of dependency and how substance use impacts family and relationships.
A counsellor provides on-site services one day/week to the two Freshstart Programs, part of the Niagara Catholic District School Board’s effort to assist students with expulsion/suspension issues.
This is a contract between COMMUNITY ADDICTION SERVICES OF NIAGARA and The Regional Municipality of Niagara to establish and provide addiction services to residents of the Niagara Region who are receiving social assistance and related services. A COMMUNITY ADDICTION SERVICES OF NIAGARA addictions counsellor, working on-site at the Ontario Works offices in St. Catharines, Welland, Port Colborne, Fort Erie and Niagara Falls provides a range of addiction services to clients referred by OW Intensive Case Managers.