A new adult supervised residential program is operating in Whitehorse. The John Howard Society is now providing clients with continuous support and advocacy as they navigate potential obstacles in their reintegration, and assist them to establish positive community connections.
The new program provides 24/7 community supervised services and supports for justice-involved clients who are on conditional sentences, mandatory supervision and temporary absences and do not require high security custodial care, including individuals who were previously receiving services at the Yukon Adult Resource Centre.
The new program is operating in a distinct and independent facility at the Whitehorse Correctional Centre (WCC) building to maximize services and better support justice-involved clients. The facility has a total of 40 beds and its location will allow for more effective program delivery at the supervised residential facility and the Whitehorse Correctional Centre.
Individuals will continue to access the programming through an application process that results from a referral from the courts, corrections or the Justice Wellness Centre.
The provision of services by the John Howard Society represents an important step towards ensuring the well-being and successful community reintegration of justice-involved clients.
The Government of Yukon is looking forward to working with the John Howard Society, and thanks the Salvation Army for their many years of service.
The Government of Yukon knows that providing services and support to justice-involved clients while they make the transition back into our communities is critical to their rehabilitation. We are pleased to welcome the John Howard Society to Yukon, and look forward to our ongoing work together.
Minister of Justice Tracy-Anne McPhee
We are honoured to be delivering the new Supervised Residential Housing program, and for the opportunity to work closely with the Government of Yukon and other community partners and stakeholders to support the safety of the Whitehorse community and deliver services which meet the needs of individuals transitioning in the territory. We look forward to working as part of the local community and bringing our extensive experience with reintegration services, community-based residential facilities, innovative and person-centered program design and delivery, outreach, and community services to this exciting new program.
John Howard Society Chief Executive Officer Mark Miller
The John Howard Society is an internationally respected organization working with justice-involved clients in over 60 communities in Canada.