Accreditation agency recognizes unionized construction workers’ treatment centre

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A union-supported Ontario alcohol and drug rehabilitation centre has been accredited by the Canadian Centre for Accreditation (CCA).

“I would like to congratulate the clients, staff, and board members on this milestone achievement,” said  Patrick Dillon, business manager of the Ontario Building Trades, who also serves as chair of De Novo Treatment Centres board of directors, as a worker representative.

De Novo is a one-of-a-kind, unionized employer/worker-funded construction industry drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre in Sundridge, Ontario (about 75 miles south of North Bay) which received official accreditation after a comprehensive, two year review of its programs, services, governance and risk management.

CCA chair Nancy Chamberlain said “the accreditation is a third-party review based on accepted organizational practices that promote ongoing quality improvement and responsive, effective community services.”

De Novo’s construction employer co-chair Larry Brokenshire said in a news release that  “this achievement is a testament to the centre’s provision of effective services to clients who face addiction. The positive impact of ending one’s dependence on drugs and alcohol is immeasurable,” said Brokenshire, adding that “seeing clients transform their lives thanks to the expertise and compassion of De Novo’s staff is absolutely inspiring to our clients, their families, the construction industry, and the community at-large.”

“Construction workers and their family members who face challenges with drug and alcohol addiction have full access under a ‘no wait time’ model of service,” said De Novo’s executive director Marie Lloyd.

“The CCA’s accreditation explicitly demonstrates De Novo’s exceptional results for clients which translates into recovery, improved health, stronger families, increased productivity and better communities,” Dillon in the news release.


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