Compulsory Drug Treatment Centre
The Compulsory Drug Treatment Correctional Centre (CDTCC) is separately based near the Parklea Correctional Complex. The CDTCC is approximately 40km north-west of the Sydney central business district. The CDTCC houses up to 70 participants who have been sentenced to a Compulsory Drug Treatment Order by the Drug Court in Parramatta. Additional participants are under supervision in the community after they have been released from the CDTCC.
PO Box 3000 (Staff) or PO Box 3001 (Participants)
66 Sentry Drive
PARKLEA NSW 2768
(02) 9678 4283
How to get there
The nearest railway station is Blacktown and a Busways bus, route 741 operates from the station on an hourly basis seven days a week. Visitors disembark and alight the bus at a bus shelter located in Sentry Drive near to the entrance to the Correctional Complex.
City Rail Information
The CDTCC is situated at 66 Sentry Drive Parklea, which can be accessed from either Quakers Hill Parkway or Stanhope Parkway near Parklea Markets. The Parklea Correctional Complex has a large visitor car park situated within the grounds.
All visitors must be pre-booked (booking days Mon to Fri, excluding Public Holidays) on telephone number (02) 9678 4171 between 9.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays (and Public Holidays) at the following times:
- 8.30 a.m. to 10.00 a.m.
- 10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.
- 12.30 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.
- 2.00 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.
- ALL visits must be pre-booked
- ALL visitors must be registered
- ALL visits in Stage 1 are non-contact visits
- Visit duration is up to 1.5 hours (including processing time)
- Only the visitor named in the pre-booking may visit the CTCC – no substitutes will be given access.
The CDTCC is enclosed by security fencing. Static and dynamic security strategies are designed to prevent drugs from entering the Centre.
Compulsory Drug Treatment Program
The CDTCC is an interagency endeavour - primarily between Corrective Services, Justice Health and the Attorney-General’s Department. A multidisciplinary team at the Centre ensures treatment, rehabilitation and reintegration of male participants who have repeatedly offended in order to support a drug dependence.
The CDTCC is primarily guided by the Compulsory Drug Treatment Correctional Centre Act 2004 which commenced on 21 July 2006. The CDTCC was opened by the Minister for Justice on 23 September 2006 and received its first participants on 4 September 2006.
The Order is “compulsory” because neither the Crown nor the offender has a right to object to, or appeal against, the referral to the Drug Court for consideration of a Compulsory Drug Treatment Order.
There are 3 stages in the Program:
- Stage 1: Closed detention for at least six months in a secure environment. Programs will include adult education and work readiness programs, skills programs that address health-related issues, and therapeutic programs that target dynamic risk factors for drug-related offending.
- Stage 2: Semi-open detention for at least six months with access to programs in the community. Programs sought in the community will include employment, adult education and vocational training, and social opportunities to assist in effective re-integration. Therapeutic programs to maintain positive behaviour change will also be delivered at the CDTCC, with an emphasis on improved family and social relationships.
- Stage 3: Community custody at accommodation approved by the Drug Court under intensive supervision. Programs sought in the community will consolidate gains made in Stage 2 and increase access to mainstream community services. The Drug Court will determine release on parole.
There are several steps to complete before an offender becomes a participant of the Program.
- Step 1: The sentencing court, based in metropolitan Sydney, finds the defendant to be an ‘eligible convicted offender’ on the basis of five eligibility criteria:
- (1) been sentenced to imprisonment between 18 months and 3 years,
- (2) been convicted of at least two other offences in the past 5 years,
- (3) not been convicted of some specified offences (e.g., attempted murder, sexual assault, firearm, or supply/manufacture offences),
- (4) resides in metropolitan Sydney, and
- (5) is over 18 years of age.
- If the defendant meets the five criteria, the sentencing court refers him to the Parramatta Drug Court.
- Step 2: The Drug Court considers three additional eligibility criteria in the defendant:
- (1) has a long-term drug dependence,
- (2) the facts and antecedents of the offence indicate long-term drug dependence and associated lifestyle, and
- (3) must not suffer from a serious mental condition that may lead to violence or restrict active participation in the Program. Psychiatric and nursing assessments by CDTCC staff assist the court in this determination.
- Step 3: If found to be an ‘eligible convicted offender’, the Drug Court then considers suitability. A suitability assessment, conducted by the CDTCC team, provides information to the Drug Court regarding drug treatment history, history of committing violent offences in the community and violent acts in prison, the likelihood of committing a domestic violence offence in Stage 3, the level of motivation and attitude toward compulsory drug treatment, and whether the defendant may damage the Program or any other person’s participation in the Program.
- Step 4: If the defendant is considered eligible and suitable, the Drug Court imposes a Compulsory Drug Treatment Order.
If a Compulsory Drug Treatment Order is imposed, the participant is moved to the CDTCC. A Compulsory Drug Treatment Personal Plan is developed within three weeks for the Judge to approve. The Personal Plan imposes conditions on the participant regarding drug treatment and rehabilitation throughout the Order.
The Case Coordinator will develop the Personal Plan together with the participant to:
- Develop conditions that will address identified physical, social and psychological needs related to drug use and other offending behaviour.
- Determine individualised rewards for meeting the conditions.
- Provide information regarding sanctions for not meeting the conditions.
- Ensure the Personal Plan is signed as an agreement between the participant and multidisciplinary team members.
The Drug Court then monitors the progression of the participant from Stage 1 to Stage 2 and then to Stage 3 on the basis of meeting the conditions of the Personal Plan. The Drug Court and the Commissioner, Corrective Services can also regress a participant backward through the Stages or revoke the participant from the Program when certain conditions of the Personal Plan are not met.
For more information contact the Director: Astrid.Birgden@dcs.nsw.gov.au
The team at the Centre is made up of:
- Program staff appointed by Corrective Services (i.e., alcohol and drug workers, psychologists, teachers, and probation and parole officers).
- Nursing and medical staff appointed by Justice Health (i.e., registered nurses, public health nurses, psychiatrist, general practitioner and dentist).
- Custodial staff to support programs and ensure safety, security and a drug-free environment.
Team members conduct assessments and provide court reports, co-facilitate group programs, provide individual support, conduct staff training, and are engaged in research and evaluation.
The CDTCC accommodates 70 male participants in individual cells (37 in Stage 1 and 33 in Stage 2) with 30 or more participants expected in Stage 3.
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