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John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area

Youth Services, Hamilton Youth Drug Diversion Program

Kim Gibson-Chalmers, Manager, Youth Services
Areas Served Hamilton (City of)
HoursMon-Fri 9 am-5 pm
AccessibilityFully Accessible
Agency Type Non Profit
905-522-4446 ext 230
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654 Barton St E
Hamilton ON L8L 3A2
On bus routes

The program aims to address the needs of school aged youth who are arrested for drug offenses. Rather than send youth to court for their drug related misdemeanors, the police wanted an alternative that would assess the youth’s individual needs, but still hold them accountable for their actions. The youth is scheduled for a screening, and the results of these assessments determine the most appropriate intervention, or combination of interventions for the young person.

There are three options:

Education Day: Suitable for a youth who is a casual drug user

Five Session Group: Suitable for a youth who is a moderate drug user

Individual Counseling: Suitable for a youth who may be struggling with addiction

It is a collaborative, comprised of the following agencies: Hamilton Police Services, The John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington and Area, Alternatives for Youth, Good Shepherd Youth Services, and City of Hamilton, Culture and Recreation Services.


Age 12 years to 17 years; At risk youth who have been arrested for drug offences.


Referral by a police officer * Contact the office to arrange a meeting with a youth worker