Integrated Offender Management is a cooperative and coordinated approach to the management of offenders that supports a goal of reduced re-offending, and also aims to ensure that the safety, security, health and welfare needs of prisoner and detainees are addressed in an effective manner.
The Integrated Offender Management (IOM) Unit is responsible for the provision of therapeutic, rehabilitation and reintegration services, sport and recreation, external service provider coordination, prisoner classification and placement, and the operation of prisoner case management and contract systems.
The IOM Unit comprises Case Coordination, Correctional Case Management, Therapeutic Services, Prisoner Education and Training, and Offender Programs.
The Case Coordination Unit is responsible for assessing prisoners, advising correctional case officers about sentence plans and assisting sentenced prisoners to prepare for release into the community. The Unit also includes an Aboriginal Liaison Officer who coordinates and supports Aboriginal specific services.
A Reintegration and Transition Consultant works with community organisations to provide reintegration support pre and post-release. This position also works with the community to provide additional services to inmates while in prison.
Also the Child and Family Practice Coordinator provides coordination of services to assist prisoner with parenting skills, maintaining family relationsips and coordinating services for mothers with babies in prison. This includes kids' days where inmates and their partners can actively engage with their children.
Correctional Case Management oversees the case management work undertaken by correctional staff. The purpose of case management is to implement prisoners' sentence plans and to monitor their general wellbeing and progress on an individual basis.
Therapeutic Services' psychologists and counsellors are responsible, in liaison with Correctional staff and the Correctional Primary Health Service, for assisting prisoners to adjust to the prison environment, providing advise about the management of vulnerable and at-risk prisoners and overseeing the management of the TPS suicide and self-harm processes.
The Prisoner Education and Training Unit (PEaT) is responsible for the provision of education and vocational training services to prisoners. In addition to the work of its own educators, PEaT coordinates the provision of services by external service providers such as the Tasmanian Polytechnic and other registered training organisations.
PEaT oversees the inmate peer tutor scheme and the Books on CD Program, and hosts and supports Risdon LINC and the Literacy Volunteer program run by the Department of Education.
During 2010-11, the Departments of Justice and Education developed a strategic plan for prison education. The primary focus of the plan is on increasing prisoner skill levels and their capacity to gain employment upon release. The Prison Education Strategic Plan can be downloaded by clicking on the link below:
The Programs Unit delivers therapeutic and psycho-educational group intervention programs to prisoners. The Programs Unit addresses issues such as motivation to change, anger management, drug and alcohol misuse, interpersonal communication skills, and planning an offence-free lifestyle for the future.
The Sport and Recreation staff organise a range of highly successful sport and recreation activities. These include regular football matches between prisoner and community teams and exhibitions of prisoner art.