Sunday, December 21, 2014

Diversionary Program


Mt Theo Outstation as a Diversionary Program

More and more frequently the Departments of Corrective Services and Juvenile Justice are directing young Warlpiri men and women appearing before them in Alice Springs and Yuendumu Courts to Mt Theo Outstation, as an alternative to incarceration.

In Yuendumu, when young people come to the attention of police for anti-social behaviour, their families are offered the option of sending the young person to Mt Theo instead of being charged. Diversionary clients become participants in the Mt Theo Program of cultural strengthening and rehabilitation during this time of withdrawal from community life. On their return to Yuendumu they are mentored by staff and Jaru Pirrjirdi members through the Youth Program.