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
- 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