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 view the Fact Sheet here.

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.  



Click to view the Online Choices Calendar

Facilitators - visit for program content.