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The proposed Crossing model will design and replicate a 28-day residential rehabilitation program fit and responsive to the needs of working people to ensure that they can stay employed while receiving treatment. The program will be focused on outcomes and work to evidence-based best practice to ensure that clients are able to return to work with the best possible support. Our service will be focused on helping clients to re-establish their life foundations so they can go on to lead productive, happy and fulfilled lives, with the care they need.

Individual treatment plans will be created and implemented featuring group work, specialised individual counseling, case management, family therapy and self-help meetings.

The Crossing will also address contributing issues such as medical, financial, mental health, and family and friend support. 

The Crossing will offer best-practice treatment methods and combine them with life skills support, social and recovery capital, peer conversations and family support services. Aftercare and relapse prevention is the next phase after the 28 day rehabilitation program to support re-entry into the workforce and prevent relapse.


The Crossing will offer a Workplace Education and Training Program that supports employers, employees and workplace representatives to improve safety on worksites. The training will offer harm reduction and alcohol & drug & gambling training as well as information to inform workers of their available treatment options without judgement.

It imperative that all sectors are afforded the opportunity to undertake this training, particularly as the State grapples with the knock-on effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is our view that the training should be available to all workplaces on the request of the workforce, a designated working group, a delegate, an organiser or employer.

The workplace program will:

  • Increase worker awareness of health and safety issues related to the use of alcohol and drugs in the workplace.

  • Provide information about referring workers with addiction problems to The Crossing.

  • Educate site staff, workers and management on suicide prevention and mental health de-escalation techniques.

  • Provide information on he basic principles of harm reduction.

The Crossing, partnered with Odyssey House and Living Works will write a Worksafe-aligned Training Package that supports anyone who is responsible for maintaining safety standards, preventing accidents, or is concerned with drug and alcohol problems in their workplace. This package can be delivered by Health and Safety Representatives or Occupational Health and Safety Managers and will include:

  • Trainers guide and speaker notes 

  • Recognise cultural, health and occupational and safety factors influencing drug and alcohol use and mental health incidents.

  • Safety Committee members and other key industry personnel should be able to immediately respond to a worker dangerously affected by alcohol or drugs by removing the worker from the workplace

  • Raise awareness of their own attitudes and prejudices to drug and alcohol use

  • Raise awareness of options for referral and assistance for workers with drug and alcohol problems

  • This Training Program will be created to support both workers and managers and inform everyone at all levels in a workplace where they can go for help.


The Foundo Blue Program which is modelled on the highly successful Victorian CFMEU and Incolink Blue Hats program, will be replicated at The Crossing which will deliver a program to raise awareness, encourage engagement, provide links to supports, promote group support networks and advocate for self-care across the Victorian workforce. This program aims to deliver mental health trained health and safety representatives in all Victorian workplaces. This will be a critical workplace intervention that will assist in reducing the levels of addiction and mental ill health.

The program will be focused on mental health wellness, suicide prevention and building confidence in supporting help seeking behaviour from within the workplace.

This training will be strategically targeted to meet the holistic mental health needs of sectors and will accomplish this with respect, compassion and authenticity.

As our service will cover a wide range of sectors, the training will differ for:

  • The Emergency Services and Health and Community Services Workforces

  • The Trades and Manufacturing Workforces

  • The Education and Training Workforces

  • The Professional and Service Workforces

  • The Transport Workforces

The Crossing will create the basis of the training in consultation with Odyssey House, Harm Reduction Victoria, SHARC and will work with Turning Point to create the trauma a informed care package. All iterations of the training will be created in consultation with the relevant trade unions, Employers and Worksafe.

The program will include:

  • General Awareness Training: A one hour session with no more than 30 participants with two facilitators to ensure safety for anyone who may be triggered by the content.

  • Crossing Mental Health HSR Training: One day workshop, inclusive of mental health wellness, AOD, gambling, suicide prevention training, self-care and support linkages. Provided in groups of 16 with two facilitators.

  • Counselling Assistance and Support: a 24 hour, 7 day a week phone support service at The Crossing. Inclusive of quarterly feedback and professional development and direct linkage to mental health and alcohol and other drugs professionals into the workplace.

  • Critical Incident Response: A requested onsite presence from the Crossing House team providing 24-28 hour post incident groups. Inclusive of follow-up groups 7 days and 28 dayspost incident providing ongoing support.


The Crossing will operate a full suite of outpatient drug, alcohol and gambling services and group therapy for clients who aren't otherwise suited or ready for the 28-day residential rehabilitation service.

These programs will provide effective support for members and their families to engage in treatment options, inclusive of harm minimisation or abstinence.

Participants will receive a comprehensive assessment which forms the framework of an individualised treatment plan, along with a range of support spanning skills development, counselling and addiction recovery strategies, designed to achieve the persons treatment goals.

We will also establish a Problem Gambling Group which will be open to the general public. The group will work with clients to identify problem-gambling and associated or underlying problems, and will provide support and strategies for the participants.


It is widely recognised that drug, alcohol and gambling addictions does have an effect on families and loved ones.


For this reason, we will work with our clients’ families and partners, if they require, to give them support strategies and coping skills.


As a family inclusive service, our professional counsellors will provide family members and partners with the support and skills they need to support their loved one who is undergoing rehabilitation.


A major part of the sucesss of the model is the evening Relapse Prevention Barbecue. This measure is key to creating community for members to ensure that their recovery is supported, particularly when they have returned to the workplace.

Relapse prevention is the central strength of the planned program. Integral to the programs success is community connection, where peers support each other, and it's where the real-life, every day support comes from, to connect and improve the health and wellbeing of all members.

Relapse prevention model creates a true sense of community that flows through the homes, communities and workplaces for the members, and re-connects them with their peers when they feel alone. These groups show that recovery is possible and create real-world recovery capital.

Relapse prevention programs will be specifically for clients and ex-clients. Held weekly, they begin with a casual peer support barbecue dinner, followed by an in-house relapse prevention group that helps clients to develop strategies to deal with issues that may contribute to relapse.

The Foundation House team highly recommends the relapse prevention groups. It shows, on a real personal level, that a better life is achievable and promotes recovery capital which is essential for improving health and wellbeing.

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