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 please click here to access the information sheet.
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:
- On a Community Corrections Order (CCO), CCO Imprisonment Order, or interstate orders such as Bond or Probation which includes an AOD condition
- 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.
Facilitators - visit https://www.choicesdrugprogram.com.au/ for program content.