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Complex Needs Capable Program



The Complex Needs Capable Program (formerly known as the No Bars Program) aims to build capacity within the non-government drug and alcohol sector by supporting the development of staff skills, knowledge and confidence, and of organisational capacity in responding to the needs of people with drug and alcohol issues and complex needs such as cognitive impairment and criminal justice system contact.

The project supports AOD service providers by:

The program provides this support to organisations through the Complex Needs Capable website and includes the following resources:

Complex needs capable: a practice resource for drug and alcohol services was developed as part of the Network of Alcohol and Drug Agencies (NADA) Practice Enhancement Program (PEP). The program was funded by the Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Office, NSW Ministry of Health.

Abstract adapted from Complex Needs Capable


Network of Alcohol and Drug Agencies
PO Box 2345
Strawberry Hills NSW 2012
Ph: (02) 9698 8669
Fax: (02) 9690 0727

Community Restorative Centre Inc.
174 Broadway
Chippendale NSW 2008
PO Box 541
Broadway NSW 2007
Ph: (02) 9288 8700
Fax: (02) 9211 6518

Related publications

No bars: supporting drug and alcohol services to work with criminal justice clients (2011)

No Bars

This booklet was developed as part of the No Bars program (now known as Complex Needs Capable program) and provides an overview of information relevant to offenders in New South Wales (NSW), including:

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Giving ex-prisoners a chance (2010)

No Bars

This fact sheet provides information on the No Bars program (now known as the Complex Needs Capable program) which aims to help and inform alcohol and other drug (AOD) service providers who have contact with prisons, courts or other parts of the criminal justice system in New South Wales.

This fact sheet also provides information on the links between substance use and the justice system.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


Last updated: 24 August 2017
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