Guthrie House Co-operative Incorporated is a not-for-profit transitional service for women, including women with pre-school aged children in their full-time care.

Guthrie House is the only service of its kind that supports women who have a history of alcohol and other drug abuse and current involvement in the criminal justice system. This can include release from a correctional centre on bail and/or community-based sentence such as a Parole Order, Probation Order, Drug Court Order or Intensive Correction Order.

To be eligible for admission to the Program a women must have current involvement in the criminal justice system with an Level of Service of Inventory – Revised (LSI-R) rating of medium to high risk, be homeless or at risk of homelessness, and may have a history of alcohol or other drug abuse.

Guthrie House accepts women who are aged 18 years and over. It is one of the few services that accept women who have dependent pre-school aged children in their full-time care and/or are participating in pharmacotherapy treatment, including methadone or buprenorphine.

The Guthrie House Program is comprised of a residential component of three months and an after-care component of up to twelve months. The Program provides women with safe and secure medium-term, transitional accommodation and the wrap around supports needed to address their offending behaviour, prevent and reduce re-offending, and successfully transition to sustainable long term housing.

Clients have access to a full range of support services to address their needs, including accommodation, twenty-four hour support and supervision; programs focused on relapse prevention, life skills, and healthy living; specialist ‘in house’ support services including a Family Worker, Health Worker, Mental Health Clinician and Psychologist; and established partnerships that facilitate access to both specialist and mainstream support services.

As resources are limited, Guthrie House is unable to accept women with the following:

  • severe mental illness or
  • developmental disabilities or
  • physical disabilities that require appropriate modification or
  • women with bail, parole or court imposed orders that restrict movement
  • women who have been prescribed benzodiazepines

Guthrie House accepts women on methadone and buprenorphine and other pharmacotherapies. Guthrie House will only accept women currently residing in the community via a detox service.

For more information and to arrange an assessment, contact Guthrie House on
(02)9564 5977 or email us

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