Solaris Therapeutic Community Program (Karralika Programs Inc. and ACT Corrective Services)

Provides a therapeutic community approach for adult males in the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) with moderate to severe alcohol and other drug dependence.

Telephone: (02) 6185 1300 (1800 1 KARRA / 1800 1 52772)
Fax: (02) 6169 3200
Mailing Address: PO Box 2230, Tuggeranong ACT 2901
Email address:
Location: Alexander Maconochie Centre, 10400 Monaro Highway, Hume ACT 2620
Parent organisation:  Karralika Programs Inc. and ACT Corrective Services, ACT Government

Access Information

Maximum waiting time for service:

  • Waiting times are dependent on detainee assessment, sentence length and intake schedule

Pre-treatment support:

  • Readiness program available whilst waiting for next available intake

Target Group:

  • Detainees of the AMC in their last six months of custody
  • Adults
  • Men only

Documentation required:

  • As determined by assessment

When and how to access:

Operating hours: Program operating hours are 8am – 5pm (Monday – Friday)
Ways to access: By appointment only
Disability access: Accessible toilets and doorways
Referrals accepted from: Self or via ACT Corrective Services Case Manager
Other access information: Medical exclusions will be assessed on application for admission, some exclusion apply. Can access while receiving Opioid Maintenance Therapy.


  • Assessment required
  • Appointment required
  • Takes less than 1 hour
  • Assessment may take multiple sessions
  • Includes alcohol, tobacco and other drug assessment
  • Includes mental health assessment

Specialist ATOD assessment includes:

  • Comprehensive alcohol, tobacco and other drug assessment
  • Comprehensive mental health history
  • Basic physical health & medical history
  • Social and family history
  • Domestic and family violence screening
  • Criminal and legal history
  • Risk assessment

Treatment Plan

  • An individualised treatment plan will be developed

Drug Testing

  • Drug testing is conducted as part of treatment; the tests are conducted by ACT Corrective services


Program type: Residential rehabilitation

Model: Modified Therapeutic Community

Duration and intensity: There are three phases of program whilst detainees are housed at AMC:

  • Up to 4 week Readiness phase in preparation for treatment, designed to enhance motivation for change
  • A 16 week Treatment phase that seeks to address the relationship between criminal conduct and substance misuse
  • An 8 week Graduate phase focussing on solidifying the tools and knowledge gained in treatment
  • Up to 6 months Transition support to assist with community reintegration

Not able to consume alcohol or other drugs while in program: No alcohol or drugs to be consumed during program

Philosophical approach: Therapeutic Community, harm minimisation

Additional program description: Solaris is a voluntary program for adult males in the Alexander Maconochie Centre who have alcohol and other drug dependency issues using a therapeutic community approach to treatment and ongoing recovery. Solaris provides a safe, secure and supportive learning environment within a correctional setting where participants can explore and establish change within a social and personal context.

Additional supports available:

  • Community and work orders
  • Living skills (i.e. Daily activities. participants are allocated to a work crew on a weekly basis to learn cleaning and laundry skills. Solaris operates a weekly cooking group for participants to learn basic kitchen skills. In partnership with Care Financial, participants attend budgeting workshops.)
  • Aftercare (i.e. Outreach provided)

Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Support

  • Partnership with Hepatitis ACT

Treatment Plans

  • Individualised treatment plans will be developed

Aftercare and Exit of Service

  • Documented exit plan
  • Aftercare support available
  • Relapse prevention
  • Phone support
  • Links with community self-help groups
  • Active referrals and support to access other services

Harm Reduction

  • Harm reduction drug education and strategies (i.e. safer injecting information)
  • Peer interventions: Graduates of the Solaris Program still housed on-site provide support and mentoring to junior peers

Mental Health

  • Assessments include a mental health component
  • Suicide risk assessment
  • Relationships with Mental Health ACT (i.e. Maintaining joint management and consultation & liaison advice)
  • Mental health services in-reach

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander

  • Staff undertake Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural awareness training
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander services in-reach

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD)

  • Staff undertake cultural awareness training

Tobacco Management

  • Designated smoking area
  • Provide access to subsidised or free nicotine replacement therapies
  • Service has workplace tobacco management policy


No cost

Staff available

  • AOD Worker (Clinical)
  • Manager

Help for Families & Carers

  • Information and education offered to families and carers
  • Contact with family and carers while on program

Alexander Maconochie Centre 

  • Program designed and delivered specifically for the Alexander Maconochie Centre

Last Updated on April 2019

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