QUEENSLAND ILLICIT DRUG DIVERSION INITIATIVE (QIDDI)
Queensland Illicit Drug Diversion Initiative offers professional health interventions as an alternative to the criminal justice system. It is designed for people arrested for first-time minor drug offences and provides offenders with an opportunity and an incentive to address their drug use early, and in many cases, before incurring a criminal record.
Clients of all ages are referred following arrest for first-time drug offences.
The Queensland Police refers clients to the Diversion Co-ordination Service, who then refer clients to the QIDDI Program. If the client does not attend the appointed session for a QIDDI assessment, the QLD Police are notified of non-compliance.
Clients are required to attend a confidential 1- 2 hour education and assessment session with a QIDDI counsellor. Based on the assessment during the session, clients are then often referred to other services such as out-client support; counselling; or residential treatment.
The QIDDI counsellor may also engage in individual counselling with the client for a limited amount of additional sessions.
The QIDDI Program is based at 191 West Burleigh Road, Burleigh Heads, Qld and at 5 Nerang Street, Southport, Qld.
This program is free of charge to clients and is funded by the Queensland Department of Health.