Throughcare for Offenders
Case management at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) is based on a model of Throughcare which aims to ensure seamless service provision for prisoners.
Prisoners and their families are characterised by complex needs and high levels of social exclusion. An extended Throughcare model is critical to supporting the successful reintegration of offenders after release from prison, thereby seeking to reduce re-offending. The high and growing social and financial cost of imprisonment makes it imperative to put in place a coordinated support system to reduce re-offending and return to prison.
In December 2011 Cabinet agreed to extend the Throughcare policy framework to better support offenders’ re-integration into the community. The framework seeks to recognise the diverse and complex needs of prisoner during transition into the community and focuses on seamless service provision with a view to reducing the risk of re-offending.
In the 2012-13 Budget, funding of $1.2 million over two years was allocated to pilot the extended framework. This funding covers the cost for establishing a Throughcare Unit within Corrective Services with responsibility for implementing the framework, coordinating service delivery between agencies and concurrently evaluating the program. In addition, it provides brokerage funding to meet individual needs and assist reintegration.
The Throughcare Governance Group which comprises representation from government and community sectors has been established to oversee implementation and report to Government on progress.
The first prisoners who will be re-entering the community supported by the extended Throughcare framework will be released in June 2013.
Engagement with the community
Chief Minister and Treasury Directorate worked with Corrective Services, other concerned directorates and the Community Integration Governance Group to develop the proposal for an extended Throughcare system to ensure continuity of service delivery beyond the corrections setting. This work resulted in the report Seeing it Through: Options for improving offender outcomes in the community.