The Cognitive Impairment Diversion Program (CIDP), currently being trialled in Gosford and Penrith local courts, provides a timely and coordinated response to the needs of defendants with a cognitive disability. The CIDP aims to support these defendants with access to the NDIS, provide support in the community, and a pathway for diversion from the criminal justice system under section 32 of the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990 (MHFPA). The program builds on existing NSW services and expertise to efficiently connect defendants with the NDIS and other mainstream/community based supports and in so doing, divert them from the criminal justice system. It does this by:
For more information, including fact sheets, see Local Court Diversion programs.
The NSW government is investing $10 million over 2 years to establish a new state wide service to help people with cognitive impairment navigate the criminal justice system. It will support those accused of an offence as well as witnesses and victims of crime from the point of first contact with police through to the court process. This service is currently
out for tender.