June 24, 2009
For immediate release
Moncton, NB: Peel Children’s Centre – a charitable, not-for-profit agency that provides residential treatment services for Maritime youth ages 12 to 19 years with serious emotional difficulties – is New Brunswick’s first provider of youth mental health residential treatment services to receive an Accreditation award.
Peel Children’s Centre (Peel) received Full Accreditation status with a score of 98.6% in an on-site assessment by an independent team of mental health professionals who rated Peel’s practices against more than 250 standards covering clinical programs, human resources, management, and governance. Peel received its Accreditation award at its Annual General Meeting on June 23, 2009.
Accreditation provides assurance that Peel delivers effective, evidence-based programs; has competent and professional staff; and is well managed and governed, meeting laws or regulations in all relevant areas, e.g. child welfare, protection of health information, consent to treatment, licensing, employment standards, occupational health and safety, corporate law, and taxation.
Peel offers two residential treatment programs in the Moncton area. The first is a 24/7 staff operation that serves youth with serious social, emotional and/or behavioural difficulties, while the other is operated by parent therapists who work with youth whose challenges are more moderate.
A further expansion of Peel’s services in New Brunswick is in the planning stages, with a third residential treatment program scheduled to open in the Moncton area in the fall of 2009.
Peel’s Moncton sites were visited in late April by an Accreditation review team led by Donald Keillor on behalf of Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO), the accreditation body for child and youth mental health centres in Ontario, where Peel’s main office and other service locations are based.
In the report on the Accreditation site review, Keillor and the other team members commented on Peel’s “entrepreneurial initiative” in developing services, “enthusiasm and competence of the employees,” “cheerful, welcoming and well-maintained” facilities,” “strong infrastructure with positive and dedicated staff,” and a “learning environment” with “staff training that is outstanding.”
“We are very pleased to have the high quality of our Maritime services and staff recognized through an official Accreditation process,” said Humphrey Mitchell, Executive Director of Peel Children’s Centre. “Accreditation is part of our commitment to continuous quality improvement on behalf of the children, youth and families that we serve.”
“Our staff found the Accreditation preparation and visit to be an amazing learning opportunity,” said Blake Fullerton, Residential Supervisor for Peel’s programs in Moncton. “We are extremely proud to be the first accredited youth mental health residential treatment program in New Brunswick.”
Families or professionals interested in Peel’s residential treatment programs for Maritime youth can obtain information by calling (506) 386-5544 or visiting http://www.peelcc.org/nb-services.
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Media enquiries: Blake Fullerton, Residential Supervisor, Moncton, NB (506) 382-4040
Mora Thompson, Manager, Corporate Communications, Mississauga, ON