The Bridges Treatment Program at Howard House

Our Goal...

Providing a community based treatment  facility for young male offenders with addictions and /or mental health issues.

We Provide...

• Provides 8 beds to young male offenders with status under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

• Provides additional beds for respite care of youth who have completed the program.

• Offers a group home setting between release from custody and full community outpatient treatment.

Our Services...

Programming has been tailored to an 11 week curriculum in which areas of relapse prevention, high risk recognition, anger management, drug education and social skills are covered through weekly themes. This allows for continuous intake of new residents. Therapeutic programming includes schooling, group and individual counselling, addiction specific treatment, social skills training, life skills education, recreational programming, transition planning and relapse prevention interventions. Bridges has access to the provincial resources of Alberta Health Services Addiction and Mental Health to allow residents to continue with treatment in their home communities upon discharge.

Admissions Critieria...

Bridges is designed for male young offenders, aged 14-19, serving open custody sentences who have addictions and/or mental health issues. Consideration may be given on a case by case basis for youth serving a community based sentence.

Youth referred for admission must meet community safety criteria, be assessed for treatment need and demonstrate a readiness for change. A period of detoxification from substances is also required.

All referrals complete an interview by telephone or onsite visit. Arrangements are made to interview the youth upon receiving a completed referral form, available presentence and police reports, and any pertinent collateral information.

Youth must consent to program expectations and be willing to commit to a minimum of 90 days time in treatment. Program admissions are then determined through consultation with the treatment team.

Treatment Goals...

• To increase protective factors and promote resiliency.

• To decrease risk factors related to addictions, mental health, and criminal behaviors.

• To promote quality of life and healthy levels of functioning in major life areas.

• To promote alternative choices and healthy activities.


Referrals are primarily received from Edmonton and Calgary Young Offender Centres. However, the program is a provincial resource and could also receive recommended referrals from court or probation.

Arrangements are made to interview youth upon receiving a completed referral form, available presentence reports, court ordered psychological reports, police reports and other pertinent collateral information. Program admissions are then determined in consultation with the treatment team.

For more information or to receive a referral form, please contact the program at 780.420.1497.

Program Partners...

Alberta Justice & Solicitor General
Alberta Health Services, Addiction and Mental Health
Alberta Education, Edmonton Public Schools





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