Residents and staff at Hope Springs Community Farm operate several food and garden ventures; engagement in the activities assists in recovery.
HOPE has been certified by the Australasian Therapeutic Communities Association (ATCA)as a high-standard provider of AOD services.
Hope Springs Community Farm is one of just a handful of residential therapeutic communities in Western Australia. The success of the model has led to more than 70 communities being established in Australia, but most are concentrated in the eastern states.
ATCA says, “TCs are a proven model of effective treatment for a range of issues, including substance use and mental health, and have been shown to be especially effective for people with coexisting mental health and alcohol and other drug (AOD) conditions and those affected by chronic substance dependency.
“The research base is steadily growing through active partnerships between member agencies and universities. Of particular note, are the partnerships with the Universities of New South Wales, Newcastle, Wollongong, Monash, Deakin, Adelaide and Curtin, with a growing number of papers published in quality peer-reviewed journals in Australia and internationally.”
The certification process involves almost 80 assessments of statements covering ethos, program delivery and quality assurance.
There are places available at Hope Farm now for people wanting to recover from alcohol and other drug dependencies.