MERIT Program Downing Centre

Service Description

A 12 week program run through the local law courts. It provides the opportunity for adult defendants with substance abuse problems to work, on a voluntary basis, towards rehabilitation as part of the bail process. MERIT teams based in NSW Health or NGOs conduct assessment for suitability to the program. Must be 18 years of age to qualify for the program.

Hours of Operation

Mon - Fri: 8.30am - 4pm


Referral System

Via Courts, Magistrates, Self-referral; Police; Solicitor

Service Fees


Organisational Information

Area Served

South Eastern Sydney LHD

Parent Organisation

South East Sydney Local Health District

Other Information

Volunteering Opportunities


Other Contacts

Referal: Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) 1800 250 015

Last Updated: 7 May 2024