Residential program

When you arrive at Guthrie House, we assign a Case Manager to you. This is done in consultation with you. Your case manager will work with you intensively throughout your stay at Guthrie House. You'll also have access to our other staff as needed, including our Health Worker, Mental Health Nurse, Family Worker, Aboriginal Support Worker and Outreach Worker. For more information on our staff, go to this link on our website.

We will assist you to settle in, provide you with detailed information about our program, help you meet your immediate needs such as Centrelink payments, obtaining identification and personal belongings, making contact with family and support people.

As well as providing residential accommodation, we provide support in the following ways:

  • Case management and case plan development based on the positive goals you identify
  • Referrals to other services as needed
  • Consideration of your specific needs and cultural identity and services to match if needed
  • Drug and alcohol assessment, counseling and group work
  • Access to a GP and assistance addressing health and medical needs
  • Access to weekly counselling with our Psychologists
  • Assistance to access mental health services and support
  • Support to access and re-integrate family
  • Weekly group work and living skills activities
  • Information and education sessions
  • Recreational activities
  • Court support including court reports
  • FACS support including support letters
  • Assistance with Housing NSW and Community Housing applications
  • Assistance with appropriate accommodation on completion of the program

Aftercare program

Residents who successfully complete the three-month residential program have the option to participate in our aftercare program.

We offer an aftercare program of up to twelve months. You may negotiate a shorter aftercare program with us but we recommend and encourage you to participate in aftercare for a minimum of three months.

Clients who participate in our aftercare program are required to commit to a drug and alcohol free life for the duration of the program. We require you to provide random urinalysis at Guthrie House while engaged in this program.

Criteria for participation in the aftercare program

  • Have successfully completed the Guthrie House residential program, remaining drug free
  • Live in an area of Sydney that is within a one-hour drive time to Guthrie House
  • Be willing to continue treatment and case management with the outreach worker

Aftercare Services

On transition to our aftercare program, you will receive support primarily from our Outreach Worker with the following services:

  • Case management and case plans developed at three month stages focused on the goals and outcomes you have identified
  • Referrals to services in the community and advise on accessing support in the community
  • Weekly home visit visits
  • Maintaining tenancies, housing and personal finances
  • Access to a weekly SMART group held at Guthrie House for aftercare clients
  • Assistance and support managing legal orders and/or court matters
  • Assistance and support with FACS and Children's Court matters
  • Support in developing strategies to repair relationships, re-integrate with family and access child visits
  • Assistance navigating community involvement and personal development such as TAFE or other courses