Posted: Mar 7, 2012 2:15 PM AT
Last Updated: Mar 7, 2012 3:03 PM AT
Talbot House says the organization’s interim executive director resigned unexpectedly. (Talbot House)
A Cape Breton addiction recovery centre is closing its doors because a newly-hired interim director resigned, the organization said Wednesday.
Abbass was asked to step down last month after unspecified allegations were brought against him in his capacity as executive director of the men’s addiction and rehabilitation facility.
John Gainer, a clinical psychologist and chair of the Talbot House board of directors wrote in a statement that the board had developed a plan to continue operations at the facility after Abbass left.
“In recent days, the interim executive director has resigned, rendering the provisional plan unsustainable,” Gainer wrote.
“Balancing the well-being of residents and their recovery needs with possible risk factors were determining considerations by the board to suspend programming and close Talbot House for the foreseeable future.”
The statement does not explain why the new director resigned.
Talbot House is a 53-year-old facility that normally has 18 residents who stay for between three and six months while participating in addiction recovery programs.
The board said it is working with the Department of Community Services to relocate the current residents to recovery facilities elsewhere in the province.
Talbot House received $420,000 from the Department of Community Services last year.