Our Programs and Services

Secondary School-on-site Treatment

On-site treatment and family support is provided at a number of secondary schools within the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board and the Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board. Contact us for further information.

Getting Ready Education Group

This 3-5 session group includes substance education, exploration of reasons youth engage in substance use, development of healthy coping strategies and decision making. This group may be offered in secondary schools and other youth serving agencies.

Family Education, Support and Skills Development

Consultation/counselling/education services are provided to parents/caregivers and other family members ranging from telephone consultation or a brief counselling service, to a multi-session education, support and skills development group. These services are open to any parent/caregiver whose youth is engaging in substance use, the youth doesn’t have to be involved with AY for parents/caregivers to access these services. Contact us for further information.

Youth Affected by Substance Use of Others

Treatment is provided for youth whose lives have been negatively affected by the substance use of their parents, guardians or other family members (parents, siblings, caregivers) and/or significant others.

Street-Involved Youth Outreach

Youth who are street-involved or who are at risk of homelessness are at greater risk for substance use and other related risks. In addition to having access to AY services at our main office, outreach services are provided in collaboration with other agency members of the Street Involved Youth Planning Collaborative.

Pregnant and Parenting Youth Outreach

AY provides treatment services for youth who are concerned about their substance use and who are pregnant or parenting a child at our main office, as well as in schools and community organizations where AY provides on-site service delivery.

Community Education, Consultation & Training:

AY is pleased to provide consultation and training on youth substance use to our community partner organizations.

Naloxone Distribution

As part of the City of Hamilton’s role in provincial expansion of community naloxone kit distribution to those at risk of opioid overdose, trained members of the AY team have the capacity to distribute naloxone to youth up to the age of 25 and their family/friends in the Hamilton community.  Contact us for further information.


Our services are provided free of charge.

How to Access Services

An intake worker is available Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm at the main office to provide information, consultation and to schedule an appointment. Some evening hours are available at AY’s downtown site. Contact us for further information.