Casey was frightened of going to jail when she was first referred to Ruah Legal Services.
Despite having no previous criminal history, the drug possession offence was serious, and she was at risk of imprisonment.
A Key Worker from Ruah Legal Services played an important role establishing strong wrap-around supports to give Casey the best opportunity to address her substance abuse and the mental health issues stemming from her diagnosed bipolar disorder. The Key Worker was an important conduit between Casey and her lawyer. They helped Casey access a rehabilitation program and a local GP who could help with an ongoing mental health care plan. They also helped Casey find a psychiatrist to review her medication and put her in touch with ongoing counselling.