The service will begin to rollout from 1 July 2019 and will be available at all locations by 30 August 2019. More information including a full list of rollout dates and locations is available in the relevant fact sheet.
We support people with cognitive impairment in contact with the NSW criminal justice system, including victims, witnesses and suspects/defendants to exercise their rights and fully participate in the process. Our service provides support to both adults and young people with cognitive impairment.
We use an individual advocacy approach by arranging a support person to be with victims, witnesses and suspects/defendants when they are in contact with police, courts and legal representatives.
JAS will be available to victims, witnesses and suspects/defendants in contact with the NSW criminal justice system who may have a cognitive impairment. A potential client will not need to provide evidence of cognitive impairment to access the service. If police, court or legal representatives believe the person may have a cognitive impairment, a referral can be made by calling JAS on 1300 665 908.
As per the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990 (NSW) cognitive impairment includes (without limitation) any of the following:
- intellectual disability
- borderline intellectual functioning
- acquired brain injury’
- drug or alcohol related brain damage, including fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
- autism spectrum disorder.
You can download the program fact sheets below for further information.