Reintegration Services

Accommodation

Crisis Accommodation

OARS CT’s crisis accommodation is located in Pt Augusta, Pt Lincoln, Mt Gambier, Berri, Brompton, Christie Downs and Seacombe Gardens.  Hostel accommodation consists of a share house with own bedroom for men over the age of 18 years.  The crisis accommodation at Seacombe Gardens is made up of a core cluster of 7 individual units.  Tenancies are for a period of 3 months during which time all residents will be provided with case management support.  Referrals can be made through Prison Social Workers or post release direct self-referrals.  Individual case management is provided for the duration of the tenancy and whilst the focus is around support to secure appropriate accommodation, all life domains are addressed in consultation with the client.

This program is funded as part of the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) via the Department for Communities & Social Inclusion, SA.

 

Homelessness Gateway Service

OARS CT provides a gateway service for clients who may be in imminent need or are homeless.  Clients can contact the OARS CT office at 231 Morphett Street, Adelaide, Phone No 8218 0700, to schedule an appointment for support in accessing boarding houses or crisis accommodation, such as night shelters.

This program is funded as part of the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) via the Department for Communities & Social Inclusion, SA.

Transitional Accommodation

Transitional accommodation is available for men and women exiting custody. The conditions of tenancy include engagement in case management support with an OARS CT Case Worker.

As part of the outreach support and case management, Case Workers and clients develop a holistic case management plan, develop goals and undertake specific tasks to achieve these goals.

Referrals are accepted from all prisons throughout South Australia, and OARS CT Crisis Accommodation.

This program is funded as part of the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) via the Department for Communities & Social Inclusion, SA.

Transitional Housing Program (THP) – Women’s

Transitional accommodation is available for women exiting custody. The conditions of tenancy include engagement in case management support with an OARS CT Case Worker.

As part of the outreach support and case management, Case Workers and clients develop a holistic case management plan.  Clients develop attainable goals to work toward, and implement tasks to achieve these goals.  The dedicated team of female case workers are engaged with additional women’s specific services.

Referrals are accepted from the Adelaide Women’s Prison within two months of the expected release date of the client.  Women in custody are prioritised by their release date, their homelessness status upon release, and their identified high needs.

OARS CT has access to 12 month transitional properties leased by Community Housing Providers and 13 transitional properties are allocated for the use of women exiting prison.

This program is funded as part of the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) via the Department for Communities & Social Inclusion, SA.

Integrated Housing Exits Program (IHEP)

The Integrated Housing Exits Program (IHEP) is a partnership between the Department for Correctional Services, Housing SA and OARS CT.  The aim of the IHEP service is to reduce prisoner exits into homelessness. Referrals to this program are made by the Department for Correctional Services and the support and case management is provided by OARS CT Reintegration Services.

To be eligible for IHEP participants must be:

  • Deemed category 1 by Housing SA
  • Incarcerated for less than 12 months

Referrals are received from the DCS IHEP Coordinator, when accommodation is offered.  There are 60 properties assigned to the program state-wide. Although the IHEP properties are predominately in the metropolitan area, referrals to this program are available in Berri, Mt Gambier and Port Augusta.

This program is funded as part of the National Partnerships Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH) via the Department for Communities & Social Inclusion, SA.

Integrated Housing Exits Alternative Accommodation & Support (IHEAAS)

The Integrated Housing Exits Alternative Accommodation & Support program is an additional service for Prisoners assessed for IHEP who have not been assigned a property. The IHEAAS Program supports released Prisoners via intensive case management and support to access alternative accommodation within the community.

This program is funded as part of the National Partnerships Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH) via the Department for Communities & Social Inclusion, SA.

Perpetrator Accommodation Service

The Perpetrator Housing Service (PHS) Transitional Program provides accommodation and support for males excluded from the family home due to a Domestic Violence (DV) Intervention Order. OARS CT supports clients in 10 beds around the State (8 in the metropolitan area and 2 Family Violence units in Port Augusta).

Tenancies are for a period of 6 months and are targeted at men who are participating in the Court Ordered Intervention Program.  These men may be mandated by the courts to attend the DV Intervention Court and are hence unable, due to an Intervention Order, to return to their homes and families.  Individual Case Management is provided for the duration of the tenancy and whilst the focus is around support to secure appropriate accommodation, all life domains are addressed in consultation with the client.

This program is funded as part of the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) via the Department for Communities & Social Inclusion, SA.

Employment

OARS CT is in the process of developing specialised employment services for people being released from prison.

Special Intervention Services

OARS CT is an approved member of the Disability Services Provider Panel (DSPP).  This service provides Accommodation Support & Community Access for adults with an intellectual disability and/or an acquired brain injury, who are interacting with the criminal Justice system.

The Specialised Intervention Service (SIS) provides intensive case management and support to address client outcomes. This includes the provision of a holistic, client-centred approach when supporting clients within the program.  The SIS Program meets the National Standards for Disability Services.

The service aims to provide stability and security to clients by providing support and access to services, including the provision and/or referral for accommodation.  OARS CT staff assist clients to access ongoing stable and secure accommodation whilst providing support to connect with local communities.  This encourages independent living and a lifestyle free from offending.

Referrals and funding are received from Disability SA and the Exceptional Needs Unit, on an individual client basis.

COSA

The aim of the Circle of Support and Accountability (COSA) is to provide a community initiative of support which is based on the principles of Restorative Justice. The Circles are to assist and support individuals who have offended sexually and have served a prison sentence for their crimes.

The COSA volunteers will assist individuals who may be experiencing isolation, loneliness, or are lacking in appropriate skills to foster positive relationships, and provide positive role modelling. The COSA Circle Members will also develop relationships of trust, hold the participant (Core Member) to account for their behaviours and assist in the maintenance of their stated goals and objectives, as discussed in the COSA meetings.  The focus is on community safety and reducing recidivism.