The Transitional AOD Project is an outreach based Alcohol and Other Drugs counselling service for men and women with a history of involvement in the criminal justice system.
It provides pre-release and outreach drug and alcohol support to people exiting NSW Correctional Centres and men on remand at the Metropolitan Remand and Reception Centre (MRRC) who have complex needs, including mental illness and/or cognitive impairment.
We provide regular individual counselling appointments for up to twelve months, focusing on drug and/or alcohol issues for people who have a history of involvement with the criminal justice system. The Transitional AOD Project is a confidential service.
To be eligible for the project, clients must have:
- A history of alcohol and/or drug misuse, and
- A history of offending behaviour that is related to alcohol and/or drug misuse.
The following groups of people will be given priority of access to the project:
- People who have a cognitive impairment (including Acquired Brain Injury, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability and Borderline Intellectual Disability)
- People who have a mental illness
- Aboriginal people
- Women with dependent children.
We recognise that many people with a history of involvement in the criminal justice system find it difficult to access mainstream counselling services, so we work on an outreach basis. We can visit clients in Correctional Centres on a pre-release basis, in their own homes, at another service, or in the community.
How We Work
The Transitional AOD Project works in a respectful, culturally appropriate manner. We listen to what our clients want to achieve and assist them in reaching those goals. We work with clients at varying stages – some may be abstinent from drugs and/or alcohol, others may be actively using. As long as a client is interested in talking about how their drug and/or alcohol use has impacted upon their life we can usually offer them a service.
If you are currently in prison and would like more information about the project, please talk to a SAPO, Parole Officer or Case-Manager to organise making contact with CRC directly.
The Transitional AOD Project is funded by Central and Eastern Sydney PHN, Western Sydney Primary Health Network and NSW Health.