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What is Detention Exit Community Outreach?

The program provides intensive case management and psychosocial support for up to 18 months.

Participants are supported to live independently, manage everyday tasks, participate in community activities and develop life skills.

How does Detention Exit Community Outreach work?

Support includes assistance with accessing clinical services, meeting bail or release conditions as well as attending court, probation and parole, or other similar appointments. You will be provided with an opportunity to access SMART recovery and Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) counselling, and linkages to community supports to assist with reintegration into the community.

We work with participants to:

  • manage mental health and wellbeing
  • access employment, education or training
  • build and strengthen relationships with family and friends
  • improve living skills
  • access and sustain accommodation
  • reduce re-offending
  • improve skills and confidence in managing crisis.

How to access this service

To access Detention Exit Community Outreach, participants must be referred by their Clinical Manager, Clinician or Corrective Services Case Manager.

To be referred a participant must:

  • be aged between 16 and 65 years
  • have a diagnosed mental illness
  • have come into contact with the justice system
  • be clinically managed or treated by an ACT MHJHAD Service or a GP.

If the participant meets the eligibility criteria, they will be contacted by the program coordinator, who will meet with them for further assessment.

For more information about this service call 1300 111 400 or email

Locations where this service is offered

This service is delivered at the following Wellways locations:

DECO is funded by ACT Health and delivered in partnership between Wellways, Karralika Alcohol and Drug Programs Inc, and Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol and Drug Services (MHJHADS).