Rapid Response and EAP Counselling
The Department of Premier and Cabinet, Parliament of Tasmania
Feasibility Study for the Tasmanian Premier’s Department regarding the introduction of Food Bank into Tasmania. Food Bank is now an operational entity in Tasmania
Forsythes Recruitment – Newcastle NSW
- DADHC NSW - writing of service audit report and formulating and writing of recommendations, as well as statistical analysis of service usage.
- Novacare – writing of policies and procedures for non-clinical management of the Newcastle Calvary Hospital.
- Honeywell - creation of physical asset database of building hydraulics and electrics at Newcastle Calvary Hospital.
St Vincent de Paul - Bethlehem House Homeless Men's Shelter, Hobart, Tasmania
- Consulting on Poject Design, Funding and Management of the Post Release Options Project (PROP) for St Vincent de Paul Bethlehem House (Hobart), a project involving the case management of post release offenders. This project has now achieved funding of $500k from the Commonwealth Attorney General.
PROP is a transitional programme providing sustainable and ongoing support to men pre and post release, to increase their likelihood of successfully rejoining the community without re-offending. This support will commence up to 3 months prior to release and continue up to 12 months following release.
PROP aims to provide support for inmates leaving prison with a high risk of re-offending or a significant likelihood that they may return to prison. This may be due to difficulty in reclaiming their place within the community,
· through experiencing stigma associated with a history of offending
· having been a long term inmate ,or
· experiencing problems such as accommodation, substance abuse, lack of employment and/or educational opportunities.
PROP is a voluntary participation programme, for individuals who have some motivation to change but have been unable to break through the barriers to reintegration on their own. PROP has been developed to coordinate linkages between government and non-government service providers.
PROP supports the development of “through-care” within the Tasmanian Justice System, to support and encourage ex inmates towards an offence free and positive lifestyle.Consulting on Project Design and Evaluation of Parolee Transitional Accommodation Project (PTAP). This project is now funded by the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services.
The Tasmanian Government in 2007 agreed to undertake a two-year Innovation and Investment Fund Pilot Program involving the establishment and operation of a Transitional Support Model for Ex-Prisoners(TSMP). As part of this strategy in 2008 it agreed to fund the Parolee Transitional Accommodation Project proposed by Bethlehem House Homeless Men’s Assistance Centre Inc.
This proposal was based on knowledge by Bethlehem House case workers that some inmates in the Tasmanian prison system, having met the criteria for a successful parole hearing, were not granted parole due to the mere fact that there were no suitable accommodation options. Under such circumstances, the only option left to the Parole Board was to deny their application and return them to a prison cell. This was deemed unsatisfactory from a legal, moral and social perspective.
The Parolee Transitional Accommodation Project (PTAP), as an initiative of Bethlehem House Homeless Men’s Assistance Centre Inc. (subsequently referred to as Bethlehem House), has provides 3 months supported transitional accommodation, over the last 2 years, for 15 parolees who might otherwise have been held in prison beyond their sentence specified non-parole period.
The Project hypothesis was based on strong indications in the literature that pre-release engagement and post-release intensively case managed supported transitional accommodation will have a positive outcome in the prevention of recidivism as well as the effective re-integration of parolees into the community.
“One of the initial challenges with reintegration into society was that being around crowds was very confronting. In prison everyone knows you, what you are in for, how dangerous you are and they often know each other’s release dates”. Adam felt that when he was in public in a crowded area that everyone was looking at him. He consciously wore long sleeves to cover his prison tattoos and kept his head facing down. Waiting in queues in the bank, at automatic teller machines and in supermarkets was also difficult because of the distance that people stood from each other. “When someone that you don’t know stands that close to you in prison it generally means that they are going to stab you”
(Excerpt from PTAP Case Study).
The objectives of the Parolees Transitional Accommodation Project (PTAP), cited in Schedule 5 of the Funding Agreement, are:
- To support Parolees to make a successful transition back into the community; and
- To reduce the cost burden of incarceration upon the State.
Research had shown that, through the strategy of intensively case managed supported transitional accommodation, issues such as substance abuse, mental health issues and inadequate support, which may lead to reoffending and subsequent re-incarceration, can be identified, addressed and appropriate multi-agency, collaborative interventions put into place.
The outcomes demonstrated through the use of these strategies in the operationalising of PTAP in 2008 have seen only 1 parolee reoffend and returned to prison of the 35 parolees referred to PTAP.
PTAP has also strong and collaborative service arrangements with an extensive array of agencies in order to provide for the needs of parolees in its care.
Ongoing professional support and mentoring of project staff in both Bethlehem House projects has been a further service provided by Iliad Consulting Services.