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Services for inmates with a disability

Statewide Disability Services (SDS) addresses the additional support needs of offenders with disabilities. SDS is a multidisciplinary team that works with all offenders with a disability whether in custody or in the community. SDS provides:

  • Assessments, behaviour support, and program facilitation
  • Assistance for inmates applying for NDIS for all cognitive, physical and sensory disability
  • Support, co n sultation and advice to staff managing offenders with a disability, and other internal and external stakeholders
  • A review process that ensures that issues impacting offenders with disability are adequately addressed via policy and procedure
  • Recommendations and assistance with placement, daily management, program and work options for offenders with disability
  • Advice regarding delivery of programs for offenders with disability so they may address their offending behaviour
  • Assistance with case management and pre-release planning of offenders with an intellectual disability, which includes facilitating access to the National Disability Insurance (NDIS) and other disability related community service providers. 
  • Staff training

To be eligible for service from SDS, an offender must have one or more of the following disabilities:

  • Intellectual Disability or low cognitive functioning
  • Acquired Brain Injury (including traumatic brain injury and Alcohol/Drug Related Brain Injury)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Dementia
  • Sensory Disability (Hearing or Vision Impairment)
  • Physical Disability
  • Aged and Frail

SDS is responsible for overseeing the:

  • Additional Support Units (ASUs).  There are three ASUs at Long Bay Correctional Centre that house offenders with cognitive impairment.  Offenders in the ASUs may receive:
  • Furrther assessment of their disability
  • Participation in programs that address offending behaviour
  • Skill development e.g. educational activities that enhance literacy, numeracy as well as basic employment skills
  • Employment opportunities
  • Case management and pre-release planning. 

Referrals to Statewide Disability Services

If you have a client, friend or family member that has a disability and is in custody or managed by Community Corrections, and would benefit from specialist assistance, please contact SDS - 02 9289 2136 or email sds@dcj.nsw.gov.au.

​Additional Support Units

The Additional Support Unit manages offenders who have an intellectual or cognitive impairment, as well as some who may have sensory/physical disabilities.

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