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 5 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 bail and/or 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 links page to find detox units)

Guthrie House does not take:

  • Men
  • women with children over 5 years of age in their care or
  • women with severe mental health diagnosis.

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

What happens now?

If you are interested in coming to Guthrie House, contact us by phone and check you fit the criteria. An intake officer will assist you over the phone. If you fit the criteria we will conduct a 20 minute phone assessment with you. Shortly after, we will make arrangements to come to the correctional facility or detox unit where you are and conduct a more detailed face to face assessment with you, this is a longer assessment. We do this to assess how we can assist you. We will also ask you to sign a release of information form if we need to check your medical needs etc. However, you do not have to sign this form at this stage if you choose not to.

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.

What are the terms and conditions at Guthrie House?

Guthrie House offers drug and alcohol services to women who are seeking rehabilitation therefore it is a condition that you do not use alcohol or drugs while residing at Guthrie House. We will conduct random urinalysis and breath testing throughout your stay with us.

You will be asked to sign a terms and conditions contract with us when you enter the program. This will be explained to you in detail when you arrive or you can request further information by phoning 02-9564 5977

Thank you for your interest in Guthrie House and we wish you the very best!