The KickStart story
Right now in Victoria and around Australia there is a critical gap in Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) programs for medium to high risk offenders in the community.
For example, in Victoria, the number of people on Community Corrections Orders (CCOs) has significantly increased due to recent sentencing and parole reforms. Within this growing group, the incidence of alcohol and drug problems is exceptionally high.
Addressing these problems requires specialist and intensive treatment interventions to effectively treat the underlying causes of offending and AOD use.
Until recently, short to medium term individual counselling was the primary treatment offered to community-based offenders. However compliance was low, with offenders often not attending sessions.