What we do:We serve people who are concerned with their own or someone else’s involvement with alcohol, drugs or problem gambling.
We provide comprehensive assessments, treatment planning, case management, referrals, education, and individual and group counselling – tailored to meet your individual needs!
PAARC’s services are free to our clients. We are fully funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, through the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network(LHIN). Views expressed in this publication are the views of the HSP and do not necessarily reflect those of the LHIN or Government of Ontario.
PAARC is a non-profit community-based organization which provides services to a diverse population to reduce the harm associated with substance abuse and problem gambling.
PAARC envisions an integrated seamless substance abuse treatment system with the following elements:
- a system accessible to people in need
- services meeting multicultural needs in a variety of ways
- improved public policy through advocacy efforts
- improved standards of service
PAARC values a person-centred approach. This means that we listen to what is important to you, share our professional expertise with you, and then together you and your counsellor decide on your goals and how you will reach them. Our approach is strength based, and we support harm reduction.
As professionals, we adhere to the Code of Ethics and standards of practice as set out by the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. PAARC’s employees adhere to professional codes of conduct.
- We believe in the dignity and worth of all human beings.
- We recognize the right of humane treatment of anyone experiencing substance abuse problems, gambling problems, mental health concerns and other problems.
- We value an environment which is caring, open, trusting, accepting and welcoming. We celebrate the diversity of people, perspectives, cultures, skills and other areas.
- We will assist in the improved quality of life of every person served, endeavouring to provide the highest feasible quality of care.
- We will maintain proper professional relationships with all persons served, assisting them to help themselves, and referring them promptly and appropriately to other programs or individual professionals when their treatment plan so indicates.
- We will respect confidentiality with regard to records and materials concerning persons served in accordance with PAARC and Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care guidelines, and applicable law.
- We will ensure that all interpersonal interactions with clients served are non-exploitive and essential to their good recovery.
- We will give due respect to the rights, views, and positions of other addiction counsellors and related professionals.
- We will respect agency policies and procedures and cooperate with any associated agency management as long as this remains consistent with recognized standards, procedures, and ethics.
- We will contribute ideas and findings regarding alcohol and other drug addiction treatment and recovery through appropriate channels to professionals in the field.
- We will regularly evaluate personal strengths, limitations, biases, or levels of effectiveness, always striving for self-improvement and seeking professional development by means of further education and training.