Posted to ENEWS for Shelley Cross on behalf of Stepping Up
Stepping Up is an innovative and award-winning Consortium of four well established organisations; Interact Australia, Odyssey House Victoria, Taskforce and Youth Projects. The Consortium has significant experience working with marginalised individuals with complex needs such as Alcohol and Other Drug Users, persons with Mental Health Issues, persons with Intellectual Disabilities, persons with Acquired Brain Injuries, Families, Job Seekers and Prisoners and offenders pre and post-release.
In 2008, the SU consortium entered into a partnership with Department of Justice, Corrections Victoria to deliver a self funded, six month demonstration project at The Judy Lazarus Transition Centre (JLTC). After the initial six month period, the program continued to operate through contributions from Corrections Victoria, various philanthropic trusts and ongoing in-kind support from the partner organisations. In 2010. the program received funding from Corrections Victoria through the Pip Wisdom grants program. More recently, we have been successful in winning contracts to deliver a additional programs through Corrections Victoria and the new Department of Health funded Therapeutic counselling, consultancy and continuing care (CCCC) program in three of Melbourne’s growth corridor areas, establishing consortium operations and sites in Melton, Werribee and Pakenham.
To be a leading provider of therapeutic and community based services to clients with complex needs at the intersection of addiction, disability, mental health, unemployment and justice sectors by identifying gaps in service provision and developing innovative responses that deliver improved client outcomes.
The Stepping Up consortium exists as a vehicle to advance the vision and mission of its members and to make a bigger difference as a consortium than we can as individual agencies.
Our consortium is not a traditional lead and sub-contract model. Our partnership and governance structure won the 2009 Not For Profit Network Partnership of the Year Award and was runner up for a Victorian Community Safety Award 2010. It is recognised by many as leading best practice in the field. Our approach leverages the best of partner agencies while ensuring the efficiency and effectiveness of a single program provider model.
At the same time as accessing the combined resources of multi-site, multi program services with a governance and management arrangements which enable the focus and responsiveness of a single program model.
Our consortium governance delivers a joined-up service response to clients of our services
The Consortium is headed by a Consortium Executive made up of the CEOs of the four agencies. Stepping Up’s approach is non-judgmental and focuses on developing self-direction, independence and empowerment through the provision of a seamless case management and coordinated therapeutic interventions.
We have a sound knowledge of the needs of marginalised individuals and ensure our programs are evidenced based which assist our clients in making real differences in their lives. Our clients have access to:
• Transition services for people with a history of offending and incarceration pre and post release;
• Supported housing and accommodation programs and specialist projects to assist access to stable accommodation;
• Specialist drug and alcohol treatment and counselling programs including forensic services;
• Long and short term residential drug rehabilitation programs;
• Job Services Australia, Disability Employment Services and other employment services;
• Child and family support programs;
• Specialist employment & vocational education programs;
• Industry accredited training to ex-offenders to obtain industry recognised qualifications and licences that lead to employment;
• Adolescent health services, primary health services, specialist disability services, mental health and dual diagnosis health programs;
• Life skills programs and projects including outdoor adventure therapy, budgeting, cooking, financial literacy;
• Person-centred approaches, self-directed support systems, circles of support, and individual life planning;
Effective Drug and Alcohol Counselling
Enhanced Therapeutic Drug and Alcohol Counselling and Case Coordination services – provided by a professionally qualified team of psychologist and counsellors that aim to work with individuals and family members who are affected by alcohol and drug misuse. The services are tailored to support your identified treatment goals in a caring and supportive environment. The service is fully funded by the Victorian Department of Health with no cost or any of the usual Medicare restrictions. A varied range of services and supports have been designed with a best practice approach to addressing the clinical needs unpinned by the NIDA(2009) principles and a commitment to incorporate research and evidence-based AOD practices into all policy (services).
Who is this service for?
For Individuals, Partners and Families affected by alcohol or drug use to meet the growing need for specialist services in Pakenham, Werribee, Melton and surrounding areas.
Anyone in the Pakenham, Werribee and Melton and surrounding areas.
• Adults 18 years and older with AOD issues concerns
• People concerned about a family member’s AOD use
• Parents/Caregivers/Guardians concerned about children’s drug misuse
How to Refer?
We recognize that the first call is often the most difficult and we have streamlined this to be as simple as possible.
STEP 1. CALL 1 800 828 466
STEP 2. A caring Professional will set up an appointment time after taking some brief information.
STEP 3. Attend your appointment to begin