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Supporting Arabic and Vietnamese offenders (10 July 2014)

Double commendation 

Dr Anne Marie Martin and
DAMEC CEO Kelvin Chambers
signing the Agreement with CSNSW
and DAMEC staff present

CSNSW has formalised its link with the Drug and Alcohol Multicultural Education Centre (DAMEC) through a new Service Partnership Agreement.

It outlines how the two organisations will continue working together on the Transitions Project which assists Arabic and Vietnamese speaking offenders, with alcohol and drug problems, successfully return to the community.

Assistant Commissioner Dr Anne Marie Martin and Kelvin Chambers, DAMEC's Chief Executive Officer, signed the agreement, prepared by the Corrections Strategy and Planning Unit, at the Henry Deane Building in Sydney. The DAMEC team and CSNSW staff joined Dr Martin and Mr Chambers for the signing.

"Since 2008, CSNSW and DAMEC have been delivering post-release services to Arabic and Vietnamese offenders in their transition from custody to the community," Dr Martin said. "The Transitions Project offers many benefits to offenders and their families, and we hope this formal agreement will improve those services."

As part of the Transitions Project, DAMEC provides six months of intensive case-management support as well as referrals to housing and financial support services, drug and alcohol treatment programs, and gambling and counselling services. The team links offenders to employment, education, training, health and legal services. DAMEC also supports the offenders and their families through home visits.

"This work has been achieved by CSNSW and DAMEC working effectively together," Kelvin Chambers said. "The Agreement formalises our commitment to the project to continue providing offenders with a range of services to address their complex needs and reduce their risk of re-offending."