Who can come to Guthrie House?

Our organisation respects diversity and inclusivity and does not discriminatory in its practice. Guthrie House ensures that services are delivered in a manner that is considerate of needs, culturally appropriate and welcoming to its users. Our service is open to women regardless of race, language, marital status, country of origin, cultural background, political affiliation, religion, criminal justice issues, sexual preference or disability.

The age criteria for admission into Guthrie House is 18 years and over.

We accept women on methadone or buprenorphine treatment programs.

To be eligible for admission into Guthrie House a woman must meet the following criteria:

  • Be involved in the criminal justice system (see below for details)
  • Have a history or a current drug and alcohol issue
  • Be homeless or at risk of homelessness

Additionally, Guthrie House will prioritise:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women
  • pregnant women
  • women with children under 1 years of age in their care
  • women fleeing domestic violence
  • women who have medium-high to high risk levels of re-offending behaviour due to their circumstances

Involvement in the criminal justice system:

  • currently in custody within NSW and due to be released
  • released into the community from a correctional centre on a community based sentence such as a Parole Order, Probation Order, Drug Court Order or Intensive Correction Order
  • Guthrie House does not accept women serving community bonds

Women who wish to come to Guthrie House from the community must first complete detoxification at a recognised detoxification unit. (See our Resources page to find detox units)

Guthrie House does not take:

  • Men
  • women with severe mental health diagnosis or
  • women on benzodiazepines.

For further information, you can read or download our Potential Client Information Sheet.

What happens now?

If you are interested in coming to Guthrie House there are different ways to refer based on your involvement in the criminal justice system.

  • Corrective Service Centres and Community Corrections: You can make a referral via your parole officer.
  • Drug Court: All referrals are to come via the Drug Court team.
  • Other: If you are an Aboriginal Women and homeless or at risk of homelessness please call Guthrie House on 02 9564 5977.

If you are in the community and not involved with Drug Court or Corrections, or you are unsure of how to make a referral please call Guthrie House to discuss your options.

Once a referral has been made and you fit our criteria our intake officer will make contact with you to arrange a 30 minute - 1 hour phone assessment. In some cases we will make arrangements to meet with you to conduct a face to face assessment. Assessments are in place to identify how Guthrie House can best assist you to achieve your goals.

If you are accepted into the program, Guthrie House staff will make arrangements to pick you up from custody on the day of your release or from a detox unit if you are in the community.