Mac River Residential Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Service today received a silver award in the community-led category of the 2018 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards (ACVPA).
The ACVPA recognise best practice in the prevention or reduction of violence and other types of crime in Australia.
Mission Australia Area Manager, Luke Butcher said the project is a long term partnership between Mission Australia, Juvenile Justice, NSW Health and NSW Department of Education.
“We have been working together since 2011 to provide a 12 week high-quality residential drug and alcohol treatment to 13–18 year old young people from rural NSW.
“Our participants receive intensive therapeutic treatment to address offending behaviours and substance use, participate in formal schooling, develop life skills, support social and emotional development, participate in family therapy and are supported to engage with their culture,” Mr Butcher said.
“We know that young people from rural communities are over-represented in the Juvenile Justice system. Not only does this award showcase the important work occurring in regional and rural areas to support young people to address their offending risk factors, but also recognises the benefit of working in a close and collaborative partnership with a range of stakeholders.”
These annual awards recognise the outstanding contributions being made across Australia for crime prevention, including the development and implementation of practical projects to reduce violence and other types of crime in the community.
Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) Director, Michael Phelan APM said the project is an effective initiative targeting young people at risk.
“Their collaborative process reduces intensity of young people’s offending risk factors; reduction in substance use; offers young people safe accommodation; re-engagement in education and the workforce as well as offers therapeutic and case management,” Mr Phelan said.
All projects are assessed each year by the ACVPA Board, which consists of senior law enforcement representatives from each state and territory police service, and chaired by the AIC Director.
NSW ACVPA Board member Youth and Crime Prevention Commander, Superintendent David Roptell said: “Young people deserve the best start in life, and this initiative is an excellent way to address juvenile crime by supporting our youth with important health services and access to education opportunities.”
The awards are a joint initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments, coordinated by the AIC and co-sponsored by the Ministerial Council for Police and Emergency Management.
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