Wellways Detention Exit Community Outreach (DECO) Team Leader Joanne Smith has received the Reciprocity Award in the annual ACT Mental Health Week Awards. 

The Awards acknowledge the exceptional people and initiatives working to promote and improve understanding, awareness, service provision, and the mental health and wellbeing of the Canberra community.

Now in its third year, the DECO program has supported more than 80 participants to successfully keep out of jail. For many this support means they have kept out of trouble for the longest period in their adult lives. 

ACT Regional Manager Lachlan Atyeo said: “Jo’s ongoing efforts, endless compassion for supporting disadvantaged people who have been through the criminal justice system and her relentless positive leadership has led her team to deliver a very successful program”.

The awards are a sector-wide initiative coordinated by the Mental Health Community Coalition ACT, ACT Mental Health Consumer Network and Carers ACT.

Congratulations to Jo and her team on their outstanding achievement.