Youth Custody Services promote public safety by providing youth with a supportive, structured setting that helps them address their needs and develop the attitudes and skills needed to make responsible choices, avoid negative behaviours, and become productive, connected, and law-abiding citizens.
Note:As referenced in CA-YCS 8.08, youth diagnosed as having co-occurring mental health and substance use conditions should receive integrated treatment either directly or through active involvement with a cooperating service provider.
Interventions are based on evidence or clinical practice guidelines, where they exist, and are appropriate for youth.
Youth are helped to:
identify situations that prompt substance use; and
develop healthier ways of responding to those situations.
Medical needs are addressed directly or through an established referral arrangement.
Examples: Needed medical services may include: medical detoxification, medication monitoring and management, physical examinations or other physical health services, laboratory testing and toxicology services, and other diagnostic procedures.
Mental health or community-based professionals with experience, training, and competence in engaging, diagnosing, and treating alcohol and other drug problems, are responsible for the medical aspects of substance use or dependency treatment, including:
making decisions about the appropriate level and intensity of care and treatment;
prescribing and/or supervising medication, including appropriate monitoring and administration of pharmacotherapy for youth with co-occurring conditions; and
providing or reviewing diagnostic, toxicological, and other health related examinations.
Youth are engaged in treatment for a sufficient length of time to attain recovery and promote positive behavioural change.