YMCA Youth Justice Substance Abuse Program (YJSAP) & Youth Substance Abuse Program (YSAP)

The YMCA's Youth Substance Abuse Program (YSAP) and Youth Justice Substance Abuse Program (YJSAP) provide FREE one-to-one substance abuse counselling to youth in need. Please see eligibility and referral requirements for each program below. 

Referral Information: 

YJSAP services the regions of Orangeville, Mississauga, Brampton, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Cambridge, Kitchener/Waterloo and Guelph. To be eligible for the program, youth must be ages 12-17 at time of offense/ conflict with the law, struggling with substance use, and referred by a Probation Officer. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Emily Miller at the email provided to inquire about the YJSAP program and to complete referrals to program counsellors. 

YSAP services the regions of Mississauga, Brampton, Central Toronto, Scarborough and North York. To be eligible for the program, youth must be ages 14-24 and struggling with substance use. Please call the phone number provided or fill out the referral form at the website link provided to be connected with the program intake specialist. 

Both programs provide the following services: 

  • 1:1 COUNSELLING: Non-judgmental 1:1 counselling that supports youth with their substance use and related struggles. Sessions can be completed virtually (Telephone, Zoom and FaceTime) or in-person within the community, as required. Counsellors operate from anti-racism, anti-oppression and harm reduction frameworks. 
  • REFERRALS: To connect with other YMCA services, community resources, treatment and residential programs.
  • ASSESSMENTS: To identify needs and develop treatment plans (GAIN Q3 assessment tools).
  • FREE HARM REDUCTION SUPPLIES: In partnership with the Region of Peel and the City of Toronto, YSAP distributes and collects:
    • Naloxone
    • Safer use kits for snorting, smoking & injection.
    • Substance testing kits and more.
  • EDUCATION: FREE harm reduction presentations and webinars for youth, parents, caregivers, community members, other service providers, and professionals that support youth.
Street Address 55 City Centre Dr.
City Mississauga
Postal Code L5B 1M3
Phone Youth intake line: 416-473-7407
Service Hours Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM
Who can use this service Youth 12-24 years old
Cost Free