Who will the residents be?
The service will be for men who are ready and committed to transition into living in the Bay of Plenty, and who need the wrap-around support that the service will provide. They will have opted in to live at the property and will be committed to being employed, furthering their education or in training while living there. Priority will be given to men with Tapuika whakapapa or who have strong links to the area to ensure it is local men who will benefit from the service.
Where will the residents be from?
Most will be from the Bay of Plenty or have iwi or whānau ties to the region. All residents will be committed to living in the region long-term.
How will we select the residents?
If someone is interested in living at the property, they will have to undertake a careful and robust assessment and selection process.
For residents released from a corrections facility, their case manager will work closely with them and the service provider to determine if they are suitable. This way the service provider will be certain that the resident will be a good fit and ensures that, when the resident is released to live at the property from a facility, they already have a relationship with some of the support staff.
Some residents will live at the property by a Court as part a community-based sentence. For a resident to be referred to live at the property by a Court, they must first have opted in by expressing their interest to their probation officer. The probation officer will work with the potential resident and the service provider to assess if they would be suitable and, if they are, they will recommend this to the Court, which makes the final decision.
In assessing their suitability, the case manager or probation officer will consider:
- Their motivation to rehabilitate to a crime-free life
- Any rehabilitation programmes they have undertaken
- Whether they will get on with other residents in the service
- Whānau connections in the area
- Any risk to public safety or victims.
- Their demonstrated motivation to distance themselves from any gang connections.
If they are being released from a corrections facility, their case manager will also consider their individual reintegration needs assessment plan.
If they are to live at the property as part a community-based sentence, their probation officer will also consider whether they are employed and if the location of the property is close to their job, programmes, counselling services and whānau.
Will men with high or complex needs be eligible to live at the property?
No, men with high or complex needs will not be eligible. This includes men who:
- Present as being at high risk of harm to others
- Have a high risk of serious reoffending, such as highly violent or sexual offending
- Have serious addiction or substance abuse issues
- Have acute mental illness
- Have cognitive impairments.
Will men with historic convictions for sexually offending against adults and children be permitted to live at the property?