Volatile Substance Use

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The VSU program aims to assist in the treatment and recovery from volatile substance use through a range of activities. This includes volatile substances & alcohol and other drugs education, along with sessions that teach young people better ways of caring for themselves through health, hygiene and nutritional education.

Alongside these sessions young people participate in a numeracy and literacy education program called Deadly Clever.  A highlight for them during their stay is the sport and recreational activities. All young people who enter the program are given a full health check through Danila Dilba Health Services, and the CAAPS Health Support Worker monitors clients to ensure their health improves during their stay. Over time the program has built up a good record of program graduations and young people tend to stay for the full 16 weeks. Feedback from communities show that people recognise CAAPS is a place where their young people can go and come back with a more positive outlook on life. To help keep people safe CAAPS also ensures that all vehicles located on the grounds of the facility contain ‘non- sniffable’ low aromatic fuel or diesel in order to provide a safe environment for participants.

Referral Information

CAAPS VSU program accepts referral to the program directly from clients, their families and the community as well as from the Department of Health (DOH) under the Volatile Substance Abuse Prevention Act, and other referring agencies.

For enquiries please call (08) 8922 4852 or email [email protected] or follow the link below to complete our online referral form and submit. Self, family and community or agency referrals are welcome.

Clients under the age of 16 years who will be attending the VSU program unaccompanied by their guardian will need the following forms completed by their legal guardian and returned to CAAPS prior to the client arriving to commence their program:

– General Medical Consent
– General Program Consent
– Consent to Care

For further enquiries please contact CAAPS staff on (08)8922 4852

Frequently Asked Questions VSU

Will it cost me anything to stay at CAAPS?

You will not need to pay board if you enter the VSU program but support people will be asked to pay board. Details of these costs can be obtained from the Intake Worker by calling (08) 89224818

How do I get there?

Our intake worker can advise you of support services to help with travel arrangements.

Will have my own room?

All VSU clients are expected to share a bedroom with an ensuite bathroom. There are common recreation, lounge and kitchen areas for VSU clients.

How long will it take to come in?

We need to have all supporting documents and assessments complete including criminal history checks for supporting adults in order to give you an entry date. The Intake Worker can provide more information when you speak with them.

How long will I be there?

The VSU program is a 16-week treatment program.

Can I have visitors?

Yes, details on visiting hours and other arrangements can be provided by the Intake Worker.

I heard you get to graduate before you leave.

Young people who complete the 16 week program have an exciting graduation party before they leave, where you get to share your good news, favourite songs, photos and achievements from your stay.

Are there lots of rules at CAAPS?

CAAPS has rules to make sure we can keep everybody safe. It is your responsibility to follow these rules and your Case Worker and staff will help you to understand them.

What kind of activities do I get to do?

While you are here and doing your program you may get to do exciting activities and learning- this includes camps during the dry season, cinema trips, swimming, art programs, fishing, movie making, quirky science fun, bbq’s and lots more.

I am 14 years old, and my Mother is caring for my siblings. Can I attend the VSU program without her?

Yes. Our Intake Worker or the person referring you to the program can assess you and ensure you have the support you need and help you with getting documentation completed.

What if I need to see a doctor?

Your guardian will have signed important documents to give CAAPS staff permission to seek the help you need if you have an injury or are sick. Our Health Worker will also provide support for any non-urgent matters.

My son used to sniff every day, but now he mostly just smokes. He is always getting in trouble with the Police though. Can he attend the program?

He will have an assessment and being involved with police is not a barrier to entry to CAAPS. Each person is assessed on an individual basis and CAAPS will accept them if they meet our criteria in consideration of behaviours toward self and others.