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.
In partnership with StreetWorks, a CASON 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
In partnership with the Niagara District School Board CASON provides on-site, in-community and virtual counselling for students struggling with addiction/substance abuse and comorbid disorders. School personnel, family members and youth themselves can request an appointment with our school-based substance use counsellors. Services are provided in either individual or group contexts for both youth and family members. 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.
R.I.S.E / Pathways (Reducing Incidents of Suspension and Expulsion): Partnered with the DSBN and John Howard Society. Youth Substance Use Counsellors supports individuals with setting goals, identifying triggers and developing healthy coping strategies to support their recovery.
Brock University: In partnership with Brock University CASON provides on campus substance use counsellors that provide individual weekly workshops surrounding mental health, substances/alcohol and overall wellness relating to student life.
Pathstone Mental Health- Multi-Family DBT Program
In partnership with Pathstone Mental Health, CASON counsellors provide on-site evidence-based DBT therapy to youth (under 25) through weekly skills groups while accompanied by their loved one of choice. (parent, grandparent, caregiver etc.). Families will learn how to develop adaptive coping skills for managing family crises while supporting youth’s effort to learn new skills and manage difficult emotions.
Adult Custody Facilities
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.
‘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
This is a contract between CASON 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 CASON 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.
ABC (A Better Choice)
Addressing the health, education and social support needs of pregnant & parenting women with substance use issues & their children aged 0-6 years. Groups include positive parenting, beyond the basics, blanket play and augmented treatment group in collaboration with CASON.