COATS Forms & Referrals

ACSO is contracted to deliver specialist forensic drug and alcohol assessments, treatment planning and brokerage

On Hold Form for AOD Treatment Providers

 

COATS On Hold Form Agencies are required to submit this form to COATS upon consultation with Department of Health and Human Services, if appointments are unable to be provided for treatment or at particular sites. 

Bridging Support Referral 

 

COATS On Hold Form Agencies are required to submit this form to COATS upon consultation with Department of Health and Human Services, if appointments are unable to be provided for treatment or at particular sites. 

The COATS bridging referral form is intended to be used by Justice Case Managers who have already made a referral to COATS and the shared client has been assessed. If a client’s circumstances change, or wait periods become lengthy, and the client could benefit from interim bridging support while waiting for their alcohol and other drug treatment to begin, a referral for bridging support may be submitted.

Drug Court Referral Form 

Please use this referral from only if you are a case manager supervising a client engaged on a Drug Treatment Order via Melbourne Magistrates’ Drug Court or the Dandenong Magistrates’ Drug Court.

Bail Referrals

Bail Referral Form Please use this referral form only if you are a case manager supervising a client engaged in one of the following Bail programs: ARC List, CISP, CREDIT Bail and Neighbourhood Justice Centre. 

Choices Program

The Choices Program is a three hour group-based AOD education program for clients on CCO, CCO Imprisonment Order and some interstate orders (excluding parole). COATS will refer clients to Choices provided by DHHS-contracted AOD service providers, upon receiving the referral from Community Correctional Services.

Diversion

Diversion Referral Form To be used only by AOD service providers that are accredited by DHHS to provide AOD assessment and/or treatment to forensic clients. Agencies include Intake and Assessment providers, Aboriginal, Residential, Youth and Treatment providers.

Prison Referrals

Assessment and Transition Coordinators

COATS Prison Referral - Assessment and Transition Coordinator Please use this referral form if you are an Assessment and Transition Coordinator located at a Victorian prison, to refer a client either on Parole, CCO Imprisonment Order or straight release (StepOut) for a COATS assessment.

Parole / Pre-Parole

COATS Prison Referral - Parole Officer -Please use this referral form if you are a Parole Officer referring a client who has made an application for parole (Parole Assessment Suitability Stage) or if parole has been granted. To use this form, the client must be in custody. For clients already on Parole in the community, a full COATS referral must be sent to coatsreferral@acso.org.au

StepOut

COATS Prison Referral - StepOut - This referral form is available for workers who are involved with a client's transition from prison into the community, including; ATCs, case workers, prison-based health service (including drug treatment), housing and residential workers, ReConnect programs, Thomas Embling Hospital and other prison staff/programs. StepOut enables clients who are on a straight release from prison to access COATS AOD Assessment prior to their release.

Other COATS referral types (e.g. CCO Imprisonment and Supervision Order)
For clients still in custody, corrections officers must forward a full COATS referral to prisonreferral@acso.org.au. Referrals for clients already in the community must be sent to coatsreferral@acso.org.au. A full referral must include: COATS Referral form (all sections completed including clients address, phone (if applicable) JAID), Corrections Order, Criminal History, LSI-R report, Police summary (if available), ATEI on referral form or Corrections order signed by client.

Youth Justice

 

Click here to access the new online Youth Justice - COATS referral form. This referral form is available for Youth Justice case managers only in Victoria. This referral process replaced the paper version, and is effective from 1st March 2017. The following guide is available for your use: Youth Justice Referral Guide 2017 (V1).pdf 

CHOICES PROGRAM

 

The Choices Program is a three hour group-based AOD education program for clients on CCO, CCO Imprisonment Order and some interstate orders (excluding parole). COATS will refer clients to Choices provided by DHHS-contracted AOD service providers, upon receiving the referral from Community Correctional Services. If you are a provider delivering Choices and would like details about processes and eligibility.

Choices aims to:

  • Increase awareness of the relationship between AOD use and offending

  • Identify the range of potential harms associated with alcohol and different types of drugs and methods of use

  • Understand the short and long term effects of use on physical and mental health

  • Identify the drivers and patterns of use and the interrelationships with other issues

  • Improve knowledge of concepts of cravings, tolerance, dependence and withdrawal

  • Understand the stages of change and how to plan for changing behaviour

  • Develop strategies to identify levels of risk and reduce impacts and consequences

  • Identify strategies and interventions for self-monitoring and relapse prevention

 

Which clients are eligible to access group programs?

As of 1 December 2016, any offender meeting the following criteria will be referred to the ‘Choices’ program:

  1. On a Community Corrections Order (CCO), CCO Imprisonment Order, or interstate orders such as Bond or Probation which includes an AOD condition

  2. Determined as low-risk by Community Correctional Services (CCS) using the Level of Service Inventory: Revised-Screening (LSI: R-SC) risk assessment tool

Provisions exist for clients to undertake the Choices Program in a 1:1 setting where group participation is impractical or unsuitable. Please contact ACSO COATS on (03) 9413 7196 to discuss.

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