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What is Missiondale?

The Missiondale Therapeutic Community is a 24-bed residential facility located on a 35-acre peaceful rural property in Evandale, Tasmania.

The program is made up of four different stages, taking from 2-8 months to complete. Residents of all stages live together in shared accommodation (lounges, kitchens, bathrooms - but you will have your own bedroom) to support each other through the program.

The "community as method" approach at Missiondale supports the Community Values which are learning, honesty, work ethic and responsible concern.

  • You are not able to have visitors or receive phone calls within the first two weeks of your program. This allows you to settle into the program with as few external distractions as possible. Exceptions can be made for contact with children.
  • You can only bring what you can easily carry by yourself. There is a two bag limit. A list of what to bring will be provided at your pre-admission assessment. Personal shopping is available once a fortnight in the initial 8 week program.
  • After the initial 8 week program, you are eligible to apply for off property day or weekend leave. This leave progresses based on your program stage.

Waiting List and keeping in touch

You can contact Missiondale to fill out an application form over the phone to be placed on the Waiting List. Once you are on the Waiting List, you are required to keep in touch with us once a week on (03) 6391 8013.

This enables us to keep up to date with your current contact details and if you ring each week, you will move up on the Waiting List.

If we do not hear from you for a period of three weeks, you will be removed from the Waiting List. If you ring after that three week period, you will go back onto the Waiting List from that date and start the process again.

What does the Missiondale program include?

  • Medical support through Longford Surgery - you will see a GP shortly after you arrive, who will prepare a Care Plan with you
  • Case management - your Case Manager will help you set some achievable goals during your program
  • Exercise and recreation - there is a fully equipped gym
  • Art and music rooms - there are opportunities for you to explore some creative therapy 
  • Individual counselling (in the initial 8 week program) - if you require further counselling, you will be referred to an external provider
  • Group Therapy work - including lapse prevention
  • Smoking is allowed in restricted outside areas

Program eligibility:

  • Individuals aged 18 years or over
  • Alcohol and drug free prior to admission, either at home, at medical detox in Hobart or at Serenity House. This pathway will be discussed and confirmed with you at your pre-admission assessment
  • You need to be physically able and willing to participate in all TC groups, work therapy and program activities
  • You are required to bring current medications for the first few days, then new scripts and medications will be issued via the Longford Surgery and Perth Pharmacy
  • Access to external appointments during your stay is limited and is assessed on an individual basis

Missiondale Staff

Our welcoming, trustworthy and professional team made up of Social Workers, Case Managers, Supervisors and Support Workers will support you to set goals and provide you with the tools to work towards achieving them.

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Serenity House

Contact Serenity House 24/7 on 6435 4654 or download the brochure: Serenity House brochure

 

Serenity House is a Sobering Up and Place of Safety Facility located at Sulphur Creek, North West Tasmania, to care for persons found intoxicated by alcohol, an illicit drug or a combination of both until they are sober. The service is non-medical in nature. It does not provide detoxification. If physical complicationsserenity occur while a client is sobering up, immediate referral is made to the hospital.

For sobering up,referral may be by the effected person, a family member, medical practitioner, regional alcohol & drug sector or through other community networks. Persons wishing to use the facility as a place of safety need to be directly referred by Police. Clients will only be accepted on a consensual basis.

Place of Safety clients must be 18 years or over and considered to be vulnerable or at risk.

Potential users of the facility need to meet the following criteria:

  • voluntary participants
  • do not require close clinical observation or medical intervention;
  • are residents of or are visiting the North West Region of Tasmania;
  • are in need of a safe, supported and supervised environment; room
  • do not have suitable alternative personal support available;
  • are not wanted by the Police.

The facility also provides ‘time-out’ for clients, providing them with communal living under the support and supervision of trained staff. Counselling is available, along with referral to other agencies and follow-up where requested by the client.

Places of Safety

The City Mission's Places of Safety exist to provide support to people over the age of 18 found in public places by Police who are behaving in a manner likely to cause injury to themselves or another person or are incapable of protecting themselves from physical harm

The City Mission's Places of Safety facilities are located at:

Orana House

156 George Town Road, Newnham

Phone: 6326 6133

 

Serenity House

354 Preservation Drive, Sulphur Creek

Phone: 6435 4654

Admission to a Place of Safety can only be obtained by Police referral.

 

The Place of Safety program is funded by the department of Health and Human Services, Alcohol and Drug Service

For additional information refer to our Alcohol and Drug Support brochure.

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