Overflow units of the DPJ in Mauricie–Centre-du-Québec deemed inadequate have been dismantled, during an investigation by the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse (CDPDJ) conducted in recent months.
“Significant shortcomings” were noted in these spaces, which are normally intended to accommodate young people under the responsibility of the DPJ. “The ‘bedrooms’ were in fact individual spaces separated by screens and curtains and had little adequate furniture,” revealed the CDPDJ in a press release issued on Wednesday.
After dismantling the overflow units, the establishment “undertook to no longer use them”. In order to accommodate two overflow units in adequate premises, “a wing of the rehabilitation center has been converted”, she continues.
The independent investigation had been going on since February, when “a media watch revealing the state of overcrowding in rehabilitation centers and group homes” sounded the alarm within the CDPDJ.
“Given these corrective measures deemed 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–Centre-du-Québec are prejudiced”, specifies- we in the press release.
The recruitment of labor and the shortage of foster families are two major issues in this region, maintains the CDPDJ.
“In this respect, the Commission takes note of the steps taken to recruit more foster families,” we learn in the press release.
If the “youth/educator ratios” are currently respected, it is due to the hiring of student staff during the summer season. In view of the fall, “the Commission remains concerned about the preservation of this balance”.