Adult Programs

Direct Accountability Program (DAP)

Referrals are received from the Crown Attorney
Primary Contact: Laurel O’Gorman

​Program Description:
The Direct Accountability Program is an alternative to formal prosecution for those who have been charged with criminal offences. The programs involves people being held accountable through community-based sanctions.

Who is Eligible?
Anyone 18 or older who has been charged with an eligible offence may qualify. Referral are made at the discretion of the Crown Attorney.

Program Expectations:
To be considered for the program, the accused must be willing:
to accept responsibility for their actions that led to the charge
to make amends to the victim or community through the completion of the assigned sanction.

Upon successful completion of the sanction, the charge will be withdrawn.

 

Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program (ADAP)
Anger and Substance Awareness Program (ASAP)

Referrals are made internally by COJ staff as part of DAP agreement
Primary Contact: Laurel O’Gorman
  
​Program Description:
ADAP and ASAP are designed to provide education and information to encourage participants to consider their current situation and develop ideas, strategies and goals on how to change their thinking, feeling and behaviours related to substance use that got them in conflict with the law.

Program Expectations:
The program consists of two 3-hour sessions delivered in small-group format. Participants need to attend both sessions to complete the program.  

 

Adult Diversion (Federal Drug Charges)

 Referrals are received from the Federal Crown Attorney
Primary Contact: Laurel O’Gorman

​Program Description:
The Adult Diversion Program is an alternative to formal prosecution for those who have been charged with drug offences (CDSA). The intent of the service is to remove people from the formal court process through the provision of a variety of alternatives or options within the community.
There is a fee to participate in this program.

Who is Eligible?
Anyone 18 or older who has been charged with a minor offence may qualify, at the discretion of the Crown Attorney.

Program Expectations
To be considered for the program, the accused must be willing to accept responsibility for their actions that led to the charge, complete all sanctions, and pay the program fee-for-service.

Upon successful completion of the sanction, the charge(s) will be withdrawn.

 

Adult Pre-Charge Diversion

Referrals are received from Oxford OPP and Woodstock Police Service
Primary Contact: Rory Offen

​Program Description:
Adult Pre-Charge Diversion is an option available to police officers to address criminal behaviours without laying a formal charge. The programs involves people being held accountable through community-based sanctions.

Who is Eligible?
Anyone 18 or older who has committed a chargeable offence may qualify, at the discretion of the investigating officer.

Program Expectations
To be considered for the program, the accused must be willing:
to accept responsibility for their actions that led to the charge
to meet with caseworker to make a formal agreement

Upon successful completion of the sanction, the pending charge(s) will not be formally laid.

There may be a fee for participating in this program. This can be discussed with your caseworker during the intake meeting.

Police Referral to Adult Pre-Charge Diversion

 

Community Service Order (CSO)

Referrals are received from Probation Officer
Primary Contact: John Stevenson

​Program Description:
The CSO programs is a community-based sentencing option that permits the court to order offenders age 18 or older to complete volunteers hours in the community. After an assessment with the caseworker, clients are assigned to complete hours at a non-profit organization.

Program Expectations:
​The court orders a specific number of hours to be completed.
CSO can be part of a probation order or a stand-alone order.
A volunteer placement is arranged with a community partner.
Offender can be charged with a breach of order if hours are not completed as ordered.

 

Counselling Rehabilitative Program

Referrals are received from Probation Officer
Primary Contact: Liam McEnery

​Program Description:
The Counselling Rehabilitation program provides individualized therapeutic rehabilitation services, which focuses on medium to high risk clients (as determined through a comprehensive risk assessment). Referrals to the program, along with the identified counselling goals, are to remain consistent with the Ministries priority to address any of the five key criminogenic risk factors identified (substance use, anger management, domestic violence, sexual offending and anti-criminal thinking). The offender will be given an opportunity to acquire the skills and insight to eliminate his/her risk to others and to become a productive member of society. The program will support the offender to: recognize patterns of self-destructive behaviour that influence criminal activity, recognize how the negative choices/destructive patterns affect everyday life, practice new, healthy behaviours that will change the patterns and, to develop a healthy lifestyle plan designed to mitigate the risk to re-offend.

The treatment program will target medium to high risk clients, antisocial attitudes and values that fuel criminogenic risk factors and criminal behaviour. The agency will employ cognitive/behavioural, social learning techniques and the philosophy of personal responsibility. Accepting responsibility for one’s own decision and consequences is absolutely essential for the offender to progress through treatment. Also included are cognitive restructuring, relapse prevention, personal journalling, and addiction education.

The agency will work closely with provincial probation officers to assist offenders to learn to accept responsibility for their behaviours, break their aggressive behavioural patterns, always working towards the goal of assisting the offender to become a responsible community member.

 

Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP)

Referrals are received from the Crown Attorney
Primary Contact: Rory Offen

​Program Description:
Based on Restorative Justice principles, VORP invites people impacted by a crime to come together in a safe manner to share their experiences, understand the harm that has been caused, and discuss meaningful ways to repair that harm and help people move forward.

Who is Eligible?
Anyone 18 or older who has been charged with an offence deemed suitable by the Crown Attorney.

Program Expectations:
​To participate in VORP, the offender must be ready:
to demonstrate accountability for their actions
to meet with the victim and mediators, and actively participate in the mediation process
to make amends to the victim and community (if applicable) to help repair the harm that has been caused
In most cases, upon successful completion of the program, the charge(s) will be withdrawn.

 

Adult Mediation

Referrals are received from Oxford OPP or Woodstock Police Service
Primary Contact: Rory Offen

​Program Description:
Adult Mediation is available to people who are experiencing conflict and are willing to meet with one another to discuss the situation with the assistance of trained mediators in a safe, supported manner.

Who is Eligible?
Anyone 18 or older who is experiencing conflict and is willing to meet with the other party. The conflict does not have to be criminal in nature.

Program Expectations:
Conversation in Adult Mediation focuses on three main things: the participants’ stories; the impact of the conflict; and and finding an agreement that will help people move forward.

Participants should be willing to share their story and experiences and be willing to listen to the other person; mediation is not a process in which mediators make decisions or tell participants what they are to do.

Participation in this program is voluntary for all involved.

Police Referral to Adult Mediation

 

Adult Anger Management (fee-for-service)

Self-referrals are received from the community for individuals age 18 or older.
Primary contact: John Stevenson

Program Description:
The 5-session course includes instruction in:
Recognizing the symptoms of excessive anger
Identifying and defusing personal triggers
Cognitive and behavioural choices
Alternative communication skills
Conflict resolution skill development
Relaxation and coping techniques
The first session includes an assessment of your anger management history and is free of charge.

What is involved:
Setting up a schedule for appointments (usually weekly or bi-weekly)
Cost of program is $120
Participant will receive a letter upon completion of the course

Adult Anger Management Referral Form