We partner with Corrections Victoria and provide specialist forensic case management and outreach for people in prison requiring pre and/or post-release support to transition effectively back into the community. Our specialist work includes working with sex offenders, people with cognitive impairments such as an intellectual disability and/or an acquired brain injury or a dual diagnosis. Our forensic assessors provide pre-release alcohol and other drug assessment programs to all prisoners and link them to post-release drug and alcohol treatment.
The aim of these services is to connect participants to appropriate services and social support whilst building autonomy and self-directedness with community connection. Our commitment is to coordinate a ‘wrap-around’ service in order to enhance community safety by promoting integration and reducing re-offending.
Link Out is a voluntary case management and outreach service funded by Corrections Victoria for men in prison who are at high risk of re-offending, requiring pre and/or post-release support to transition effectively back into the community. ACSO is the contracted provider for the Southern metropolitan and Gippsland regions of Victoria, which incorporates Fulham Prison located in Sale.
Our experienced Case Workers provide specialised interventions such as:
- pre-release assessment and planning
- case co-ordination
- outreach support
- family re-unification and referral, brokerage for housing
- alcohol & drug treatment and problem gambling counselling
- as well as other support needs as required
The aim of this service is to connect participants to appropriate services and social support whilst building autonomy and self-directedness with community connection. Our commitment is to implement ‘through-care’ for offenders and coordinate a wrap-around service in order to enhance community safety by promoting integration and reducing recidivism.
Securing stable housing is a critical pathway to successfully reintegrating prisoners back into the community. We have adopted a new approach to creating access to housing through collaboration with private, community and philanthropic landlords and the real estate industry. Our alliance with HomeGround Services is testament to this approach, which enables us to break the cycle of release and rearrest.
The Community Offenders Advice and Treatment Service (COATS) was established in 1997 and is a state-wide program that administers both State and Commonwealth funded drug treatment pathways for Victorian offenders. COATS provides specialist drug and alcohol assessments, treatment planning and purchase of drug treatment for clients in prison as part of their parole, ensuring that on release from prison they are connected into a wide range of drug treatment services and supports across Victoria. On average ACSO supports over 2,500 people a year thr0ugh referrals into drug treatment options including:
- Withdrawal programs
- Residential drug treatment programs
- Specialist pharmacotherapy programs
- Counselling and outreach services
- Specialist forensic case management for people existing prison
- Pre release alcohol & other drugs assessment that link people to post release drug & alcohol counselling
- Specialists working with sex offenders, people with cognitive impairments such as an intellectual disability and/or an acquired brain injury or a dual diagnosis
"Sam is a 30 year old male with a long history of misuse of alcohol and sexual offending. His misuse of alcohol has contributed to the recurrence of his sexual offences.
He has experienced lengthy periods of incarceration and has historically been at high risk of reoffending.
Prior to his referral to the Case Management & Outreach program in March ‘12, Sam spent on average, two weeks in the community upon each release before reoffending and returning to prison.
With the support of ACSO, in conjunction with the Department of Human Services, Sam has remained in the community for fifteen months.
We have supported Sam to remain in stable accommodation and seek treatment for his alcohol misuse. Sam is currently being supported to commence a work skills program. Prior to this, Sam had expressed no interest in becoming actively involved in work, study or the community."
Re-offending rate less than 12% in our supported residential programs (compared to the Vic. state avg. of 40%)