Cape Breton Post
06 March 2012
- Published on March 6, 2012
FRENCHVALE — A Cape Breton addiction treatment facility is closing its doors.
CTV reported Tuesday that the provincial Department of Community Services is making alternate arrangements for residents of Talbot House in Frenchvale.
The report said the department confirmed it had received word from the home’s board of directors that all residents would be discharged.
The report did not give a reason for the closure.
In February, the Cape Breton Post reported that Talbot House executive director Fr. Paul Abbass had taken a leave of absence while Cape Breton Regional Police and provincial officials investigated a complaint made against him.
Officials with Talbot House have not offered any details on the nature of the complaint.
Meanwhile, the department has said it’s conducting a review of everything from financial oversight practices, programs and board management.
At the time of the complaint, there were 14 male residents in their 20s and 30s at the treatment facility.
It’s not known when the non-profit facility, which opened in 1959, will shut down.
Cape Breton Regional Municipality Dist. 13 Coun. Mae Rowe, who represents Frenchvale, said she first heard about the closure through media reports Tuesday evening.
“We haven’t heard or found out anything on it since,” said Rowe. “I’m as in the dark as you are.”
Messages the Post left for Community Services, regional police and Talbot House board chair Dr. John Gainer on Tuesday night were not returned.
Talbot House has 18 beds and most of its funding comes from the provincial government.
So it’s closing. Not just discharging the current residents for the time being. Talbot House is closing.
There must be serious problems.