2944. Hon Alison Xamon to the minister representing the Minister for Corrective Services:

I refer to the provision of Drug and Alcohol programs at the Roebourne Regional Prison, and I ask:

(a)  what drug and alcohol programs are currently offered at the prison;

(b)  who is the provider of each program;

(c)  what is the capacity and duration of each program;

(d)  how often has each program been run in 2019–20 to date;

(e)  how much funding was allocated in the 2019–20 budget for the provision of drug and alcohol programs in Roebourne Regional Prison;

(f)  how much for this funding has been expended to date;

(g)  how many prisoners have applied to undertake a drug and alcohol program at Roebourne Regional Prison in 2019–20 to date;

(h)  how many participants have successfully completed these programs in 2019–20 to date;

(i)  is a program currently being run at the prison;

(j)  if no to (i), when is it anticipated a program will next be run;

(k)  is an alternative online option offered; and

(l)  if no to (k), why not?

Hon Stephen Dawson replied:

(a)  Pathways is the criminogenic program for Criminal Conduct and Substance Abuse.

(b)  At Roebourne Regional Prison, Pathways is facilitated by departmental staff.

(c)  Pathways is 100hrs in group work facilitated over 50, 2hr sessions. Ten participants can be booked to each program.

(d)  Pathways was facilitated twice in 2019. In 2020, one program has just commenced and a second is scheduled for Q3.

(e)  Programs facilitated by internal staff do not have a funding allocation.

(f)  Not applicable.

(g)  Prisoners do not apply for the program. Prisoners recommended for inclusion in this program by a Treatment Assessor are booked through the Individual Management Plan (IMP) assessment process.

(h)  18 participants completed in 2019. Nil completed in 2020 to date as the program has not yet concluded. A second program will commence in Q3.

(i)  A program commenced on 18 May 2020.

(j)  Not applicable.

(k)  No.

(l)  In-person, group-based treatment programs are currently considered to be best practice in addressing offending behaviour and reducing recidivism. The Department is committed to exploring alternative options to maximise rehabilitation outcomes particularly in regional areas and will be exploring the use of remotely delivered treatment programs as part of the review of the Department’s Program Suite. However, at this point in time there are no online/remote programs.


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