Adult Justice Services

The AJS Department provides a full range of effective services, from prevention to intervention, for men and women who are involved or at-risk of involvement in the criminal justice system. Through residential and non-residential programs John Howard Society staff, student placements, and community volunteers are highly committed to supporting individuals who wish to make positive changes in their lives.


Community Re-integration:


Residential Programs:

Community Re-integration

Re-integration Services at Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre:

The JHS, in partnership with the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre provides a Community Re-integration worker to provide reintegration supports to the OCDC remand population and recent releasees. The Re-integration worker is also available at the Ottawa Mental Health Court for ongoing support for Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre clients who are currently involved in court proceedings.


Eligibility: male remand population at Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre


Location: 550 Old St. Patrick Street


Hours of Operation: Monday through Thursday, 8:30am – 4:30pm


Contact: Lucie Carrier, Reintegration Worker


Phone: (613) 789-7418 x. 231


Email: lcarriere@ottawa.johnhoward.ca or tina@ottawa.johnhoward.ca


Funding: Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services

Direct Accountability Program:

The JHS in partnership with the Ministry of the Attorney General and the Ottawa Court House provides alcohol and drug misuse/addiction and anger management programming for low-risk, first-time offenders, to address the underlying issues that contributed to their offending behaviour. Referrals are made by the Elizabeth Fry Community Adult Justice Worker at the Ottawa Court House, call (613) 239-1117 for more information.


Eligibility: Contact Elizabeth Fry Adult Justice Worker for assessment and program referral


Location: JHS Ottawa, 550 Old St. Patrick Street


Hours of Operation: 8:30 - 4:30pm day program; 6:00 - 8:00pm evening program


John Howard Society Contact: Kelly Cardinal, Reintegration, Mental Health and Addiction worker


Phone: (613) 789-7418 x. 238


Email: kcardinal@ottawa.johnhoward.ca or tina@ottawa.johnhoward.ca


Funding: This program is funded through the Ministry of the Attorney General

Ottawa/Cornwall Bail Verification and Supervision Program:

The bail verification and supervision program is responsible for expediting bail and court proceedings; reducing failures to appear through supervision of clients; and assisting clients to initiate steps to remedy issues and problems that may have contributed to the alleged misconduct.


Eligibility: Contact the John Howard Society Bail Verification Worker at the Ottawa Court House at (613) 239-1040 for assessment and referral, or instruct your lawyer to visit the JHS court office at Ottawa Court House (located beside court room #1)


Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm


Location: 550 Old St. Patrick Street and Ottawa Court House


Contact: Brian Monaghan, Bail Verification Worker at (613) 239-1040 at the Ottawa Court House or
Sue Morse, Senior Bail Supervisor at (613) 789-7418 x. 229
Carolann Alford, Bail Supervisor-Cornwall Site at (613)930-2228


Email: tina@ottawa.johnhoward.ca, smorse@ottawa.johnhoward.ca, bmonaghan@ottawa.johnhoward.ca, cmacintyre@ottawa.johnhoward.ca, mbradford@ottawa.johnhoward.ca, calford@ottawa.johnhoward.ca


Funding: This program is funded through the Ministry of the Attorney General

Crisis and Housing Supports Program:

The purpose of this program is to establish contact with ex-offenders at various stages of re-integration, or those in conflict with the law, as well as any members of the community who find themselves in a crisis situation or who are interested in correcting thinking and behaviours that put them at risk. The program will assist them to address financial, housing, treatment, and employment needs; and to provide advocacy and support in crisis situations through referral and follow-up with social services, shelters, landlords, employment and training programs, and treatment resources. This program also provides in-reach to the Ottawa Mental Health Court, including assessments and referrals, anger and addiction programming, and case-management services.


Eligibility: men and women who are experiencing a crisis (mental health, housing, finances, employment, addictions, etc)


Hours of Operation: 8:30am - 4:30pm (evening appointments available)


Location: 550 Old St. Patrick Street, Ottawa, Ontario


Contact: Rob Noyes, Reintegration, Mental Health and Addiction Worker (613) 789-7418 x.305, or Kelly Cardinal, Reintegration, Mental Health and Addiction Worker (613) 789-7418 x. 238


Email: rnoyes@ottawa.ottawa.johnhoward.ca, kcardinal@ottawa.johnhoward.ca, tina@ottawa.johnhoward.ca


Funding: United Way/Centraide Ottawa

Anger Management Program:

The JHS Aggression Prevention program is an eight session program that assists participants to explore the causes of their aggressive behaviour, and to identify and challenge the underlying beliefs and thinking patterns that lead to us making ourselves angry. This program runs approximately six times per year. (Note: This program is not suitable for men who have assaulted their partners and who are currently dealing with the court system.)


Eligibility: Current or past clients of JHS, Ottawa Probation, current involvement with Criminal Justice System (non-domestic), CAS, Ontario Works, ODSP, and/or homeless


Location: 550 Old St. Patrick Street


Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:15 - 3:15pm


Contact: Rob Noyes, Reintegration, Mental Health and Addiction Worker


Phone: (613) 789-7418 x. 305


Email: rnoyes@ottawa.johnhoward.ca; tina@ottawa.johnhoward.ca

Standardized Drug and Alcohol Assessment:

In Ontario, in order to get accepted into a drug and alcohol program clients must complete the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care Drug and Alcohol Assessment package. JHS Ottawa can provide the standardized assessment at the Society’s main office or at OCDC, and can make referrals to Drug and Alcohol treatment programs through-out Ontario.


Eligibility: Clients of JHS and OCDC


Location: 550 Old St. Patrick Street


Hours of Operation: 8:30am - 4:30pm (evening appointments available)


Contact: Rob Noyes, Reintegration, Mental Health and Addiction Worker at (613) 789-7418 x. 305 or
Dan Power, Reintegration, Mental Health and Addiction Worker at (613) 789-7418 x. 302


Email: rnoyes@ottawa.johnhoward.ca or dpower@ottawa.johnhoward.ca


Funding: No current funding source

Pre-treatment Stabilization Program for Alcohol and Drug Addiction:

After a Drug and Alcohol assessment has been completed many clients wait months for admittance into the Drug and Alcohol program of their choice. This pre-treatment stabilization program runs twice a week to educate participants about the recovery process, to deal with crisis situations that may derail their recovery process, and to keep participants motivated to attend treatment.


Eligibility: Clients of John Howard Society of Ottawa


Hour of Operation: Monday and Wednesdays 10:00am – 12:00pm


Location: 550 Old St. Patrick Street


Contact: Dan Power, Reintegration, Addiction and Mental Health Worker at (613) 789-7418 x. 302 or
Kelly Cardinal, Reintegration, Addiction and Mental Health worker at (613) 789-7418 x. 238


Email: dpower@ottawa.johnhoward.ca, Kcardinal@johnhoward.ca, tina@ottawa.johnhoward.ca


Funding: No current funding source

Concurrent Disorder Pre-Treatment Stabilization Program:

The Concurrent Disorder Pre- Stabilization Program is a program for clients with a concurrent disorder who are waiting for treatment, or who are exploring treatment and recovery options in the community. The primary clients of this program are involved in the Ottawa Mental Health Court or the JHS Ottawa Bail Verification and Supervision Program.


Eligibility: Client of John Howard Society of Ottawa


Hours of Operation: Men’s group Tuesday 10:00am - 12:00pm; Women’s group Thursday 10:00am - 12:00pm


Location: 550 Old St. Patrick Street


Contact: Dan Power, Reintegration, Addiction and Mental Health Worker at (613) 789-7418 x. 302 or
Kelly Cardinal, Reintegration, Addiction and Mental Health Worker at (613) 789-7418 x. 238


Email: dpower@ottawa.johnhoward.ca , Kcardinal@johnhoward.ca, tina@ottawa.johnhoward.ca


Funding: No current funding source

Housing Supports Program for Homeless Releasees:

JHS Ottawa, in partnership with the City of Ottawa, provides housing supports and follow-up services to men who are being released from provincial and federal institutions or from court, and who are homeless. The main focus of this program is to divert clients away from the downtown shelters which may put them at risk to re-offend.


Eligibility: Recent releasee from provincial and federal institutions, including those individuals released at court


Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday; 8:30am - 4:30pm


Location: 550 Old St. Patrick Street and on-site at Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre


Contact: Kelly Cardinal, Housing Support Worker at (613) 789-7418 x. 238


Email: kcardinal@ottawa.johnhoward.ca, tina@ottawa.johnhoward.ca


Funding: City of Ottawa

Support in Social Housing Program:

In partnership with Ottawa Community Housing and the City of Ottawa, JHS Ottawa, (using a housing-first model), will support ten homeless men to maintain housing with Ottawa Community Housing and improve the quality of their lives.


Eligibility: Chronically Homeless and current client of the John Howard Society of Ottawa


Hours of Operation: 8:30am - 4:30pm


Location: 550 Old St. Patrick Street


Contact: Dan Power, Reintegration, Addiction and Mental Health Worker at (613) 789-7418 x. 302 or


Email: dpower@ottawa.johnhoward.ca, tcolquhoun@ottawa.johnhoward.ca, tina@ottawa.johnhoward.ca


Funding: City of Ottawa and Ottawa Community Housing

The John Howard Society Federal Offender Reporting Centre:

The JHS Federal Offender Reporting Centre opened on November 15th 2009 at the Tom Lamothe Apartment Building located in the Centre Town. The Reporting Centre is a program for Federal Offenders on conditional release. The purpose of the Reporting Centre is to complement the work of the Ottawa Parole Officers by providing additional supports and supervision to high risk/high need individuals who do not have a residency condition, but still present a management risk in the community. The Reporting Centre offers increased supervision, particulary during the evening and week-ends, as well as case management services to support correctional plan compliance.


Eligibility: Parole Clients on Stat Release with no residency condition


Location: 387 MacLaren Street


Hours of Operation: Wednesday through Sunday 2:00 - 8:00pm


Phone: (613) 565-1739


Fax: (613) 565-5349


Contact: Craig Murphy, Reporting Centre Case Worker at cmurphy@ottawa.johnhoward.ca,
Eric Corneau, TLR Coordinator at ecorneau@ottawa.johnhoward.ca,
or Tina Matchett-Bianco, Director of Adult Justice Services at tina@ottawa.johnhoward.ca

Residential Programs

Kirkpatrick House – Half-way House for Federal Parolees:

Kirkpatrick House is a community residential facility located in Centertown Ottawa, that provides a home for offenders released on day parole, full parole, statutory release, and escorted and unescorted temporary absence passes. There are 22 beds (8 double rooms and 6 single rooms). The single rooms are, assigned by seniority based on the date of admission. The house is located close to major bus routes, to universities, colleges, adult high school and employment centres.


Residents must adhere to the house rules and regulations, complete assigned chores, and abide by their designated curfew, which is based on a graduated curfew system. Proper and pro-social household behaviour is a very important component of a successful Kirkpatrick House residency.


Programming:
The Kirkpatrick House program focuses on employment and/or education. Residents are expected to maintain employment and/or follow an academic program. Kirkpatrick House caseworkers provide one-to-one employment assistance and referrals are made to the John Howard Society Hire Power Employment Program, and the Ottawa Parole Office Employment Counsellor.


Case Management:
Successful re-integration of offenders into the Ottawa community is the goal of the Kirkpatrick House program. Ongoing assessment and case planning provides the tools for case managers to help residences reach their personal and professional goals, provide current reports on each participant, work collaboratively with the Ottawa Parole Office, the Ottawa Police Service, and other community service providers.


Eligibility:
Kirkpatrick House admission criteria includes offenders released on day parole, full parole, (directed or with residency), statutory release (with residency or voluntary) and escorted and unescorted temporary absence passes. Acceptance to the CRF is subject to a positive community assessment team review.


Contact: Scott Hole, House Director at (613) 236-3077 or
Tina Matchett-Bianco, Director of Adult Justice Services at (613) 789-7418 x. 242


Fax: (613) 594-8874


Email: scotth@ottawa.johnhoward.ca or tina@ottawa.johnhoward.ca


Funding: This program is funded through a fee for service agreement with Correctional Service of Canada.

Tom Lamothe Bank Street –
Transitional Apartments for Federal Parolees and Drug Court Participants:

Located in the Centre Town area of Ottawa this residential program provides twelve, self-contained bachelor apartments for Federal Parolees (without a residency condition) and Drug Court Participants, who are homeless, and require supportive transitional housing. The program provides a structured and safe environment in which participants can work on their recovery from alcohol and drug abuse, upgrade their education, find meaningful work, and secure long-term affordable housing. While residing at the Tom Lamothe Bank Street apartments each client will be assigned a case worker who will meet with them weekly to provide on-going supportive and motivational counselling. The average stay for a resident is three months with the focus of the program being community stabilization and securing a safe, affordable, apartment in the Ottawa area.


Eligibility: Parole Clients on Stat Release with no residency condition with the Ottawa Parole office and clients who are currently participating in the Ottawa Drug Treatment Program


Contact: Eric Corneau, Program Coordinator at (613) 565-1739 or
Tina Matchett-Bianco, Director of Adult Justice Services at (613) 789-7418 x.242


Fax: (613) 565-5349


Email: ecorneau@ottawa.johnhoward.ca or tina@ottawa.johnhoward.ca


Funding: This program is funded through a fee-for-service agreement with the Correctional Service of Canada and the Ottawa Drug Court Program.

Tom Lamothe Ste. Anne’s Street Residence –
Transition Apartments for Federal and Provincial Offenders:

This residential program provides twenty-four, self-contained bachelor apartments to provincial and federal offenders who require a supportive living environment while they transition from incarceration to independent, pro-social, community living.


Programming:
The Tom Lamothe Ste. Anne Street program focuses on community re-integration, employment and/or education, and community treatment. Residents are expected to maintain employment and/or follow an academic program or participate in a treatment plan. Supports for residents include case-management planning, crisis, motivational and supportive counselling; literacy and academic upgrading; pre-employment and employment supports, and daily living and life skills programming, including financial guidance and maintaining pro-social attitudes and behaviour change.


Case Management:
Successful re-integration of offenders into the Ottawa community is the goal of the Ste. Anne’s Residence. Ongoing assessment and case planning provides the tools for case managers to help residences reach their personal and professional goals, provide current reports on each participant, work collaboratively with the Ottawa Parole Office, the Ottawa Police Service, and other community service providers.

Eligibility:
Ste. Anne’s admission criteria accepts offenders who are statutory release with a residency condition or are LTSO/DO status. Acceptance to the CRF is subject to a positive community assessment team review.


Contact:Tina Matchett-Bianco, Director Adult Justice Services at (613) 789-7418 x. 242


Fax: (613) 749-6207


Email:tina@ottawa.johnhoward.ca


Funding: This program is funded through a fee-for-service agreement with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and Correctional Service of Canada

The John Howard Society Residential Group Home for Special Needs Offenders:

The JHS Residential Program for Special Needs Offenders opened in January 09. This residence was designed to accommodate special needs offenders being released from provincial institutions, who are serving a probation sentence, and who face significant challenges to successful reintegration due to persistent mental health issues, developmental delays, cognitive impairments, emotional dis-regulation, problem substance use, and lack of connections to sources of support in the Ottawa area. This residence is a highly structured group home facility that provides 24/7 supervision and care, case management services and supports at intensities appropriate for each individual resident. This residence was temporarily closed on August 2009 due to lack of sustainable funding. It is anticipated that it will re-open in April 2010.


For More Information Contact:
Tina Matchett-Bianco, Director of Adult Justice Services
(613) 789-7418 ex. 242 or tina@ottawa.johnhoward.ca