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The Substance Abuse Program for African and Caribbean Canadian Youth (SAPACCY)

Who we are: The Substance Abuse Program for African and Caribbean Canadian Youth

  • The Substance Abuse Program for African Canadian and Caribbean Youth (SAPACCY) promotes improved mental wellness for young people who identify as African, Caribbean and/or Black.
  • SAPACCY is a program that provides community-based mental health and/or substance use services that are holistic, anti-oppressive, Africentric, and culturally safe for Black youth (ages 12-29) and their families/caregivers.

Who is the service for?

  • Black youth ages 12-29 (and their family/caregivers) that are experiencing mental health and/or substance use challenges 

Program Overview/Service Approach

  • SAPACCY takes into consideration the unique challenges that Black youth and their families and caregivers face with respect to anti-Black racism, criminalization, poverty, and other forms of discrimination and oppression in the mental health care and related systems, which have caused inequities in access, experience, and outcomes.
  • Clinical teams work from an Africentric, youth focused, non-judgmental, anti-oppressive, anti-racist, harm reduction, intersectional, feminist, strength-based, and healing-centred lens to support youth of African descent and their families and caregivers in working through their mental health and/or substance use concerns and moving toward recovery. 
  • SAPACCY services are confidential

Services offered

  • individual and group counselling and psychotherapy 
  • addictions and/or substance use supports 
  • comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment and treatment planning
  • mental health promotion and prevention
  • case management 
  • wraparound supports and referral services 
  • caregiver support groups
  • trauma-informed and healing-centred interventions 
  • crisis intervention

Services are matched to the level of care that best meets an individual’s (and their family/caregivers) needs.

How to access services

  • Youth may self-refer or be referred by health and other social service providers.
  • Once a referral is received, a SAPACCY staff member will contact the individual to assess and best support their needs and schedule an intake appointment at a location best suitable for you.

For more information, please contact:  Teen Health Site, Nadine Manroe-Wakerell at 519 253- 8481 x 200

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