Nick Townsend, Program Manager

Current/Actively taking Referrals from the Justice System

Length of Service
Over 5 years

Geographic Area Served
Lethbridge and Area- this includes County of Lethbridge, MD of Taber, Taber, County of Warner, Raymond, Stirling, County of Willow Creek, Fort Macleod

Age Restrictions
Both youth and adults

Service Provision Restrictions

Types of referrals accepted
At this point, we do not have any restrictions around the types of referrals; we realize all situations are unique and we have been able to accommodate most referrals we receive. We are able to take some referrals post sentence in partnership with the Lethbridge Correctional Centre.

Take Referrals for Serious Offences
Not to date

Victim Involvement
Yes, but in certain circumstances will take offender-only referrals

General administrative process for handling referrals
After referral is received, the agency has a conversation with the referrer about why they are referring. If referral is conditionally approved, the file gets opened with the first document being a case note from the conversation with the referrer. The victim and offender are consulted and the agency determines whether the referral is appropriate. There are consent forms for the victim and the offender, once that process is started. If the referrer has an active role in the process, agency will follow up, permission allowing.

What forms are required?
Victim/Offender consent forms

General info re: time to adjudicate RJ process
Dependent of the complexity of the case – will be confirmed with referrer once determined

Case closure reporting
Correspondence to referring body

Capacity to take on additional referrals
Yes – there is currently capacity to take on more referrals

FT staff

Facilitator Training Requirements
Extensive Training of staff occurs

Prosecutions Office Region
Lethbridge Prosecution Services