Compulsory Drug Treatment Correctional Centre
The Compulsory Drug Treatment Correctional Centre (CDTCC) located on the Parlea Correctional Complex, around 40km north-west of Sydney. The CDTCC is operated by CSNSW and is separate to Parklea Correctional Centre.
CDTCC houses participants who have been sentenced to a Compulsory Drug Treatment Order by the NSW Drug Court in Parramatta.
66 Sentry Drive
PARKLEA NSW 2768
PO Box 3000
Stanhope Gardens NSW 2768
PO Box 3001
Stanhope Gardens NSW 2768
How to get there
The nearest railway station is Blacktown. The 741 Busways bus operates from the station on an hourly basis seven days a week.
Parking is available at the centre.
Bookings for video and in-person visits are required and can be made by phone.
To make a booking, please phone the visit bookings line on (02) 9678 4171 Monday to Friday between 8:00am and 3:00pm (excluding public holidays).
Before travelling for a visit, please call the correctional centre to confirm visit and visiting time.
New COVID-safety measures apply to in-person visits, make sure you know the rules before you book.
In-person visit times
In-person visits take place on Saturday between 10:00am and 3:00pm.
Video visits take place on Sundays and public holidays between 10:00am and 3:00pm.
Legal practitioners may visit from Monday to Friday between 9am - 3pm. Notification of intention to visit must be made by telephoning the Centre on (02) 9678 4133 or in writing to the Director.
About the Program
The CDTCC is an interagency endeavour - primarily between Corrective Services NSW, Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network and NSW Justice. A multidisciplinary team at the centre ensures treatment, rehabilitation and reintegration of male participants who have repeatedly offended in order to support a severe 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:
- Closed detention for at least six months in a secure environment.
- Programs 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.
- Semi-open detention for at least six months with access to programs in the community.
- Programs sought in the community 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.
- Community custody at accommodation approved by the Drug Court under intensive supervision.
- Programs sought in the community consolidate gains made in Stage 2 and increase access to mainstream community services.
- The Drug Court determines release on parole.
There are several steps to complete before an offender becomes a participant of the Program.
The sentencing court, based in metropolitan Sydney, finds the defendant to be an "eligible convicted offender" on the basis of five eligibility criteria:
- been sentenced to imprisonment between 18 months and 6 years,
- not been convicted of some specified offences (e.g., attempted murder, sexual assault, use of a firearm, or supply/manufacture offences),
- resides in metropolitan Sydney, and
- is over 18 years of age.
If the defendant meets the above criteria, the sentencing court refers him to the Parramatta Drug Court.
The Drug Court considers three additional eligibility criteria in the defendant:
- has a long-term drug dependence,
- the facts and antecedents of the offence indicate long-term drug dependence and associated lifestyle, and
- 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.
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.
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: Linda.firstname.lastname@example.org
The team 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 and Forensic Mental Health Netowrk (i.e., registered nurses, public health nurses, psychiatrist, general practitioner and dentist).
- Custodial staff to support case management and programs, and ensure safety, security and a drug-free environment.
The team conduct assessments and provide court reports, co-facilitate group programs, provide individual support, conduct staff training, and are engaged in research and evaluation.
27 Jan 2021