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Supporting people with mental health and/or addiction problems who are also involved with the justice system: A reflective workbook

This workbook supports the addiction and mental health workforce in their responsiveness to people with substance use and/or mental health issues who are in, or have been in, the justice system.

The workbook can be used in a variety of ways, including

  • as a resource services or teams may use to develop their own in-service training
  • as a reflective manual for individual workers to review their own practice with people who are in, or have been in, the justice and/or corrections system.

Reading and completing the full workbook from section one through eight is recommended. Sections are also available to download separately for easier viewing and printing.

It should be noted that the material in this workbook reflects the systems of the time. While legislative changes may affect the range of sentences available to the Judiciary or the pathways and processes through the justice system, the core values, attitudes and practices for working with people who have mental health and/or addiction related problems will remain fiarly constant.



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