December 15, 2017 (Edmonton) – Albertans seeking and supporting addictions treatment programs and facilities would benefit from knowing that providers are qualified and accountable, said Alberta Party Caucus leader Greg Clark.

“I was surprised to learn that there are no licensing requirements for addiction treatment facilities in Alberta,” said Clark. “Anyone can just hang a shingle in Alberta and call themselves an addictions treatment facility, without trained staff or plans to ensure the health and safety of patients.”. It’s risky to those who need addictions treatment that the Minister of Health has not fulfilled her promise to provide regulations for addictions treatment to vulnerable Albertans, and it causes confusion among Albertans who want to support legitimate treatment for people in need”

Earlier this year, Clark called on the NDP to regulate addictions treatment providers by requiring accreditation through Accreditation Canada or another reputable agency. Provincially regulated industries and professions currently include hairdressers, auto mechanics, massage therapists, but not addictions treatment.

“The job of government is to ensure that unqualified or unscrupulous operators don’t take advantage of vulnerable people in such a critical area,” added Clark. “The NDP and Albertans cannot rely only on goodwill of unqualified people to address the ongoing addictions crisis in this province.

“Residential treatment is proven to work, and I am a big proponent of accredited and effective facilities that allow people to recover with dignity in a community setting. Let’s make sure that resources go to providers who show that they know how to help Albertans recover from addictions.

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For an interview please contact:

Barbara Currie

Alberta Party Caucus

(780) 289-6793

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