Cognitive Impairment Diversion Program
The Cognitive Impairment Diversion Program (CIDP) is a 2 year pilot program funded by the NSW governments NDIS transition fund. It is an interagency program between the NSW Department of Justice and IDRS and is available in Penrith and Gosford Local Courts. Program commenced in October 2017.
One of the primary aims of the program is to increase the use of diversionary orders for defendants with cognitive impairments in Penrith and Gosford local courts under section 32 of the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990 (MHFPA).
The benefits of the CIDP are:
- an early intervention strategy
- person centred case work and support planning
- neuropsychological testing and reports for participants that can assist participants NDIS access request and plan development
- opportunity for people that have often fallen through the cracks to gain the support they need to participate in the community
- projected reduction in rates of recidivism and reduction in support costs for the defendant in the longer term
To be considered eligible for the CIDP, defendant must:
- be an adult (18 years or older)
- be a defendant in a local court matter in either Penrith or Gosford
- be assessed by the programs neuropsychologists as having a cognitive impairment
- agree to participate in the CIDP