DART HMYOI Aylesbury
The DART (Drug & Alcohol Recovery Team) at HMYOI Aylesbury deliver psychosocial interventions proven to work to the population of young men with drug and alcohol issues.
HMYOI Aylesbury was opened as a county gaol in 1847 and served as such until 1890 when it became a women’s prison. In 1959, the prison was converted to house adult male prisoners and in 1961, it changed again to house young male offenders aged between 17 and 21. In 1989, Aylesbury was designated as a long term young offender institution.
Aylesbury holds the longest sentenced young adult males in the English prison system.
Inclusion have provided interventions to the young offenders at HMYOI Aylesbury since 2005 under the original CARAT (Counselling, Assessment, Referral, Advice & Throughcare) service and Programmes Team. In 2012 we were awarded the contract for integrated psychosocial interventions which included working in partnership with IDTS (provided by Care UK) to continue to provide support and interventions to those individuals receiving pharmacological treatment. Having the contract since 2005 has been beneficial, as we have developed excellent multiagency relationships and established communication pathways.
Inclusion Recovery Programme and the trained and experienced staff delivering this are gaining excellent outcomes.
In 2012, our experienced and knowledgable DART at HMP Aylesbury developed an intensive substance misuse treatment programme that would meet the needs of our service user population. They had many years experience of delivering a range accredited drug treatment programme and the end result of hard work, dedication and knowing what works resulted in the Inclusion Recovery Programme (IRP). This has since been developed further for our community sites and has variants according to service user groups. Our team developed this in conjunction with service users and with regular reviews and feedback groups we are able to modify the programme where appropriate.