Offender group programs
CHOICES is an AOD group education program designed to help low risk offenders identify and address the harms associated with their AOD use. After the department held a workshop on 27 April 2018, changes to the CHOICES program were communicated to service providers on 30 June 2018 to better promote the program and make it more efficient.
The following changes took place from 1 July 2018:
- delivery through Consortia arrangements
- promotional material for the program is being developed to assist in promotion of the program and to allow providers and CCS staff to be able to provide information of the program to participants prior to them attending
- reduction in the number of sessions delivered (with larger number of clients booked into each one) to drive greater efficiency
An updated ACSO COATS Guide to CHOICES can be accessed at the ACSO website.
Kickstart is a medium/high risk offender AOD criminogenic group program that is delivered by Caraniche, Odyssey House Victoria, ECADS and SECADA.
We are pleased to report that completion rates are still surpassing existing community based alcohol and other drug counselling services. As at 6 August 2018, an average of 65 per cent of clients engaged in KickStart completed treatment (across 13 programs). This is an excellent result when compared to other counselling services that have between 40-45 per cent.
The 24 hour group (G24) for medium risk offenders is being trialled by Caraniche (the developer of the program) and will be rolled out by the other service providers in October 2018.