CAAPS is a community controlled Aboriginal Corporation that supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and families who are experiencing alcohol and other drug (AOD) issues. Originally formed in 1984, CAAPS is now registered with ORIC and proudly sponsored by the Commonwealth Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Northern Territory Government, and Corporate sponsors such as Viva Energy Australia.
It is the vision of CAAPS to provide excellence in service delivery in the area of substance misuse.
CAAPS is a family focussed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled organisation whose mission is to provide evidence based assistance to overcome problems caused by substance misuse, while raising public awareness and advocating for client and community need.
The values at CAAPS are expressed in the following way:
- CARING Care for clients and the community; Caring for culture; and Caring for team and CAAPS work
- INTEGRITY Doing what is right; Doing what we say we are going to do; Acting with professionalism
- PRIDE Pride for self, Pride amongst clients, Pride toward CAAPS
- HARMONY Working together; Showing empathy for others; Accepting difference
- EMPOWERMENT Enabling people to be the best they can be; Grow stronger; Strive for equality
- RESPECT Recognise the rights of self and others; Value culture; Act with consideration
CAAPS proudly provides
- a residential AOD rehabilitation service, the Healthy Families Program, which offered up to 30 places for a family focussed 12 week program,
- a residential Volatile Substance Use (VSU) program for up to 10 clients for up to 16 weeks,
- a homelessness outreach service to the Darwin-Palmerston region,
- Deadly Clever an education program for young people in VSU, and
- Strong Steps is a satellite counselling service in partnership with Amity Community Services in the Rural Area.
CAAPS works in a holistic way and within a harm minimisation framework with people who are misusing alcohol or other drugs. CAAPS recognises that alcohol and drug misuse can be treated more effectively by involving the whole family. Family members experience health, emotional and spiritual harm as a result of a family member’s use of alcohol or other drugs. They will often be more motivated and responsive to making changes in their lives than the person using the substance and they seek to be supported, and empowered. CAAPS has a long-term commitment to the Aboriginal people and their communities in Northern Australia. CAAPS recognises their diversity and uniqueness and responds to the needs of all the people through differing models of intervention, including workshops, training, case management, individual and family counselling. CAAPS recognises that communities are serviced by a wide range of agencies that often work in isolation from each other. If these agencies work together, they will be able to operate more effectively, placing less of a burden on community time and energy. CAAPS places a high priority on networking with allied agencies in order to create better relationships and more effective service delivery.