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Programs for people with an intellectual impairment

Information about the programs that are available for prisoners who have an intellectual disability or acquired brain injury.

Types of programs

The Disability Framework is Corrections Victoria’s policy for managing prisoners with a mental illness, intellectual, physical or sensory disability.

The main program is the Joint Treatment Program in the Malborough Unit at Port Phillip Prison. It offers modified clinical programs and uses collaborative case management between the Department of Health and Human Services, Corrections Victoria and the prison. The program’s aim is to help male prisoners, who have a cognitive disability, reintegrate into the community. It also provides access to programs designed to prevent recidivism.

Eligibility

The program is available for sentenced male prisoners who have:

  • a cognitive impairment (acquired brain injury or an intellectual disability)
  • agreed to join the program, and
  • been assessed as suitable. (Eligibility is based upon length of sentence, usually two or more years.)

See Corrections, Prisons & Parole—The Joint Treatment Program(opens in a new window).

Prisoners identified as having a cognitive impairment

Prisoners who are identified as having a cognitive impairment will be assessed and given individual development programs.

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More information

Reference

Corrections Victoria

Sentence Management Manual
  • 'AC1—Sentence Management Manual'
  • 'AC4—Determining a prisoner's placement'

See Corrections, Prisons & Parole—Sentence Management Manual(opens in a new window).

Standards for the Management of Women Prisoners in Victoria
  • '3.2.1—Prisoners with a cognitive impairment'

See Corrections, Prisons & Parole—Standards for Prisons and Offenders(opens in a new window) in Standards for the Management of Women Prisoners in Victoria in

See also '3.2.1—Prisoners with a cognitive impairment' in Standards for the Management of Men Prisoners in Victoria in

Corrections, Prisons & Parole—Standards for Prisons and Offenders(opens in a new window).

The Joint treatment program

See Corrections, Prisons & Parole—The Joint Treatment Program(opens in a new window).

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