Policy makers recognize the importance of improving the safety and quality of bed-based addiction treatment (also known as residential treatment). Unfortunately, there are few appropriate accountability strategies for Canada’s mix of public and private service operators. To help with the discussion, the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction developed the new Accountability in Bed-Based Addiction Treatment report and its summary, below.
People seeking treatment for substance use and addiction are vulnerable to harm if clinical practices are unsafe and of poor quality. Service operators often have little or no accountability if a client experiences harms. Policy makers and people using the services have expressed concerns about the safety and quality of care, and the lack of accountability in bed-based addiction treatment.
Both the report and its summary offer recommendations for jurisdictions and for pan-Canadian collaboration to improve safety and ensure greater quality of treatment services across the country. We will continue our work in this area to support safe, quality care in bed-based treatment.