HMP Altcourse has a dedicated Interventions Department providing two strands of support for prisoners to address their substance misuse and offending behaviour.
Substance Misuse Services (non-clinical)
The prison has a drug strategy policy aimed at providing prisoners with the opportunity to become substance free whilst in custody and upon release. Prisoners can access support at any point during their sentence and are provided with a specialised key worker and a needs-led support package which can include:
- 1-2-1 sessions
- Care planning
- Group work
- Psychosocial sessions
- Alternative therapies
- Computer-assisted therapies (Breaking Free Online)
- Peer-led recovery meetings (AA, NA, GA)
- Take-home Naloxone
Referrals are made into community services to ensure recovery and support is continued on release.
We offer two accredited programmes; Thinking Skills Programme (TSP) and Building Skills for Recovery Programme (BSRP).
TSP aims to reduce reoffending by engaging and motivating, coaching and responding to individual need and building on continuity. It supports offenders developing skills in setting goals and making plans to achieve these without offending.
BSRP aims to reduce offending behaviour and problematic substance misuse with an eventual goal of recovery. This is achieved through the exploration of previous and current substance use and the acquisition of a skill set to prevent future relapse into former patterns and behaviours – in essence the formulation of a person centred 'Recovery toolkit'.
These programmes are based on a cognitive-behavioural therapy model and consist of group and key work sessions delivered over a number of weeks by a specialised team. The programmes are needs and risk-led and evidenced as the most effective in reducing offending behaviour.