Cape Breton News
Published on February 23, 2012
SYDNEY — An operational review of a Cape Breton-based addiction facility should be completed in a few weeks before being presented to the board of directors for a response.
Amanda Pelham, spokesperson for the Nova Scotia Department of Community Services, said the review of operations at Talbot House, located in Frenchvale, is expected in the coming weeks and that such internal reviews are not made public by the department.
“The review is prepared for the board of directors and they will develop a response and operational plan,” said Pelham.
The department launched the review in December. During the review, a complaint was received against the facility’s executive director Rev. Paul Abbass. The nature of the complaint has not been disclosed but Abbass has stepped down from his position and is now on a leave of absence.
Abbass has been the executive director of Talbot House, which treats men in their 20s and 30s who have a history of multiple addictions, for the past 17 years.
The board at the facility has appointed two other staff members to fill in as executive director. Abbass will also be on leave from all diocesan and parish responsibilities with the Diocese of Antigonish.
Talbot House receives approximately $420,000 annually from the Department of Community Services.