Department of Justice Canada

Department of Justice Canada

December 17, 2010 14:40 ET

Government of Canada Funds Program for Young Offenders With Mental Health and Substance Abuse Issues

BELLEVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 17, 2010) - Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward–Hastings, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M. P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced funding to support youth with mental health and substance abuse issues who have come into conflict with the law.

"Our Government is proud of the innovative work done with our partners to help rehabilitate youth in conflict with the law who have unique needs," said Mr. Kramp. "Supporting these programs helps keep our communities safe by working with youth and addressing mental health and substance abuse issues in very direct ways."

Speaking at the open house for the new location of the John Howard Society of Belleville, Mr. Kramp announced $454,200 from the Youth Justice Fund toward its LifePlan and Coaching program. This program is aimed at helping youth with cognitive disabilities such as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), mental health issues or substance abuse problems, who are involved in the criminal justice system. Through the creation of individualized plans, LifePlan works with the youth to develop individual goals related to education and training, employment, health and community contribution to assist in their reintegration into the community.

The Youth Justice Fund provides $5 million annually in grants and contributions to projects that encourage a more effective youth justice system, respond to emerging youth justice issues and enable greater citizen and community participation in the youth justice system.

Current priorities include addressing youth involved with gangs, guns and drugs; illicit drug abuse (under the National Anti-Drug Strategy); and youth in conflict with the law who are affected by FASD or mental health conditions. 

To learn more about the Youth Justice Fund, please visit our Web site at www.justice.gc.ca/youth.

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Backgrounder: Youth Justice Fund  

The Youth Justice Fund provides grants and contributions to projects that encourage a more effective youth justice system, respond to emerging youth justice issues and enable greater citizen and community participation in the youth justice system. 

The Youth Justice Fund has three components:

  • Youth Justice Main Fund;

  • Drug Treatment; and

  • Guns, Gangs and Drugs.

Projects must meet at least one of the following objectives:

  • Establish special measures for violent young offenders;

  • Improve the system's ability to rehabilitate and reintegrate young offenders;

  • Increase the use of measures, outside the formal court process, that are often more effective in addressing some types of less serious offending;

  • Establish a more targeted approach to the use of custody for young people; and

  • Increase the use of community-based sentences for less serious offending.

The Fund supports the development, implementation, and evaluation of pilot projects that provide programming and services for youth in conflict with the law. It supports professional development activities, such as training and conferences, for justice professionals and youth service providers. Additionally, it funds research on the youth justice system and related issues.

Projects must target youth who are between the ages of 12 and 17 and currently in conflict with the law, or justice professionals and/or service providers who work with these youth.

To learn more about the Youth Justice Fund, please visit our Web site at www.canada.justice.gc.ca/youth

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Justice
    Pamela Stephens
    Press Secretary
    613-992-4621
    or
    Department of Justice Canada
    Media Relations
    613-957-4207
    www.canada.justice.gc.ca