ACTCS continues to provide a range of criminogenic (offence specific and offence related), psycho-educational and wellbeing programs and interventions in the AMC and the community, for both male and female, remand and sentenced detainees and offenders. During 2020-21, these programs included:

  • Anger Management Program
  • Cognitive Self Change
  • Domestic Abuse Program
  • First Steps Alcohol and Drug Program
  • Self-Management and Recovery Training Program (SMART)
  • Sex Offender Treatment Program Suite
  • Sex Offenders with a Learning or Intellectual Disability
  • Stress Less Program.

The Programs Unit provides support including co-facilitation with external providers to deliver
a further range of programs in the AMC and community-based settings:

  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program (ADAPT)
  • Alcohol and Drug Services one-on-one AOD counselling sessions
  • Directions ACT one-on-one AOD counselling sessions
  • Harm Minimisation Program
  • Solaris Therapeutic Community Program
  • Coordination of Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Directions ACT ceased service provision in the AMC from March 2020. All services including ADAPT, Harm Minimisation and one-on-one AOC counselling resumed in April 2021.

In 2019, the Programs Unit completed a review of the programs available to detainees in the AMC
to ensure they meet the identified needs of the population cohorts.

The review resulted in the gradual cessation of the Cognitive Self Change, Anger Management,
First Steps, and Stress Less programs at the end of the financial year. The Programs Unit worked collaboratively with other business units to develop a new suite of six brief intervention programs, focussing on evidence-based offence related issues. These programs are:

  • Readiness: a four-session program focussed on introducing common themes and exploring expectations of participants in all programs offered by ACT Corrective Services.
  • Healthy Relationships: an eight-session program to assist participants in gaining a clear understanding of fair and respectful relationships whilst exploring practical skills for managing and maintaining healthy relationships.
  • Thrive: a six-session program with a focus on participant wellbeing. This program will assist participants develop strategies to reduce the negative impacts of stress and highlight healthy pathways to happiness. Participants attending this program will be supported to develop a Wellbeing Plan to support their continued learning beyond the end of the program.
  • Thrive Extended: a six-session program with a focus on managing emotions to help prevent aggressive or impulsive behaviour. Participants attending this program will learn and practice strategies to help get through crisis situations and will finish the program with a personalised toolbox to use in crisis situations.
  • Alcohol & Other Drug Program: a six-session program to assist participants build confidence in being able to make changes to support healthy living. Participants who attend this program will be supported to develop an understanding and basic skill set to help manage alcohol and other drug risks.
  • Making My Way: a six-session program focussed on identifying short and long-term goals, identifying personal needs and obligations for a good future. Participants attending this program will be supported to create a personalised Making My Way plan.

Domestic Abuse Program

ACTCS continues to work collaboratively with the Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS) to support victims of domestic violence offences whose current partner is engaged in the Domestic Abuse Program (DAP).

In 2020-21, one DAP program commenced in the AMC and one in the community. Both have been successfully completed by participants. Domestic and family violence offenders who are assessed as being at lower risk of reoffending continue to be referred to community agencies for interventions in addition to case management by ACTCS.

The DAP program will be replaced with the updated Domestic and Family Violence program once training can be confirmed under relevant COVID-19 arrangements and associated travel restrictions.

Specialist Communities and Interventions

Specialist Communities delivers programs and services within discrete communities for detainees with complex needs in the AMC, including the Assisted Care Unit (ACU). The ACU provides a supported environment for male detainees presenting with complex mental health, physical and/or intellectual disability and various complex needs with a primary aim of enabling detainees to achieve optimal independent functioning. During 2020-21 ACTCS employed a Disability Liaison Officer as part of the Disability Justice Strategy in response to needs identified by the sector and people living with disability.

Alcohol and Other Drug Team

A review was conducted into the ACTCS service provision for detainees who use alcohol and other drugs. Through consultation with internal and external stakeholders, a Model of Care is being developed to provide a range of group and individual supports, including the addition of transitional services for detainees exiting custody.