Who we are


Alternatives for Youth provides community-based substance use and addiction treatment services that engage and mobilize youth and their families


Inspiring hope and resilience in youth


  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Youth wisdom and experience
  • Partnerships and collaboration
  • Adaptability and innovation

AY is committed to providing services without bias or judgment and an environment free from discrimination, harassment, and racism.

The Agency will not tolerate any expression of harassment, racial or ethno-cultural discrimination, homophobia or transphobia by anyone who works, participates or volunteers in any of its programs or services.

What do we do?

Alternatives for Youth (AY) provides substance use and mental health care for children and youth ages 12 – 22 years, and those who care about them. The upper end of the age range is flexible up to age 25 to accommodate those individuals whose needs are better suited to a youth service within a harm reduction framework.

Individual treatment

Individualized, client directed treatment is provided to youth to assist them in exploring the underlying reasons for engaging in substance use, in reducing or discontinuing use, relapse prevention and/or referral to residential treatment, and includes comprehensive education about the risks related to youth substance use. Parents/caregivers and other family members (as defined by the youth) are encouraged to participate in the youth’s treatment.

Who will benefit from AY SERVICES?

  • Youth experiencing difficulties related to their substance use and mental health
  • Parents/caregivers wanting substance information, consultation and/or support in helping youth with the risks related to substance use
  • Youth  who  are concerned about the substance use of a parent, guardian, or other family member
  • Pregnant or parenting youth who want information and support related to the negative impact of substance use on themselves and their children

I could not have made it through the past year without their guidance and support. I have grown tremendously and continually draw support from the services. Absolutely invaluable services and staff.