ACSO Goulburn Valley Recovery Centre
The Australian Community Support Organisation (ACSO) has been awarded a permit at VCAT to build a drug and alcohol treatment facility in northern Victoria. Hansen Partnership provided town planning expert evidence services for the VCAT hearings after the application was initially rejected by council.
ACSO intends to create the world-class, 48 bed, drug and alcohol recovery centre for people in the Goulburn Valley. The Recovery Centre is to be located in a rural and peaceful farming environment where residents can have access to, and participate in, agricultural endeavours on-site. Programs intended to be offered at the centre include:
- Foundation Phase – Initial entry assessment and treatment for up to 15 clients at a time. In this initial phase the residents will stay in the facility for 3-4 weeks under a high level of supervision (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
- Step Down Phase – Residents can then move to the Step Down Phase facility (15 beds), which will accommodate up to 15 clients for a further period of 2-3 weeks under a high level of supervision (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
- Residential Rehabilitation – After the Step Down Phase, depending on need, some residents will move to the on-site single bedroom units for additional support for up to 6 weeks.
“Our programs give people a chance to put their lives back on track. We know that people who successfully complete a community based rehabilitation program are much less likely to re-offend than if they went to prison. As well as helping them get off drugs, stay off drugs and get their lives back, this makes the community safer”, explained ACSO’s CEO Karenza Louis-Smith.
A few fast facts regarding drug and alcohol use in the Goulburn Valley:
- Almost 1,000 people living in the Golbourn Valley came to ACSO in 2015 for help with drug and alcohol use.
- Almost one third need help for alcohol use, another third for amphetamine use (including methamphetamines) and 20% for cannabis use.
- Less than 1% were able to access a residential treatment program, considered to be the “gold star” approach to help people recover from addiction.
ACSO is a Victorian leader in helping people with difficult problems and improving community safety by reducing crime. Their vision is to create a safe and inclusive community freed of crime and prison. Their growth is testament to their ethos, “create another chance” and how they go about their work illustrates their values. You can read more about the work and services of ACSO here.
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