During an investigation conducted in recent months by the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse (CDPDJ), defector units deemed inadequate by the DPJ in Mauricie – Centre-du-Québec were dismantled.
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“Significant deficiencies” were found in these rooms, which are normally intended to accommodate young people under the responsibility of the DPJ. “The ‘bedrooms’ were actually individual rooms separated by partitions and curtains, and had little adequate furniture,” revealed the CDPDJ in a press release issued Wednesday.
After dismantling the overflow units, the company “undertook not to use them anymore”. In order to accommodate two overflow units in adequate premises, “a wing of the rehabilitation center has been converted,” she continues.
The independent investigation has been underway since February, when “a media watch revealing the state of overcrowding in rehabilitation centers and group homes” raised alarms within the CDPDJ.
“In the light of these corrective measures, considered satisfactory, the Commission no longer has any reason to believe that the rights of young people housed in the overflow units of the CIUSSS de la Mauricie – et-du-Centre-du-Québec are being affected”, specifies we in the press release.
Labor recruitment and the lack of foster families are two major problems in the region, the CDPDJ claims.
If the “youth/educator ratio” is currently maintained, this is due to the hiring of student staff during the summer season. In light of the fall, “the Commission remains concerned about maintaining that balance”.
Kellie Forand, information officer at the CIUSSS de la Mauricie-et-du-Centre-du-Québec (MCQ), assured The press that the labor force problem is year-round. “It’s just less bad in the summer,” she says.
The rehabilitation centers of Trois-Rivières and Drummondville, two places managed by the MCQ’s CIUSSS, are overwhelmed. “More than 100 percent” of the available places are taken, says Kellie Forand.
“Last April we launched a foster family recruitment campaign, which was very successful,” she says.. Since the launch of this campaign, aimed at promoting the role of foster families, 140 applications have been sent to the MCQ’s CIUSSS. Ten new families are accredited.