Delays are endless at the Direction de la protection de jeunesse (DPJ) on the territory of the island of Montreal, and are well beyond the provincial average.
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Many stakeholders are amazed to see that it takes an average of 87 days to obtain a first evaluation in Montreal, while this figure is 41 across Quebec.
A total of 855 young people are waiting on the Island of Montreal.
Other regions are doing poorly, such as Estrie and Outaouais.
These delays have harmful consequences for young people who are already living in difficult situations.
Nancy Audet, ex-child of the DPJ and author of the book “Never again shame”, summons the provincial government to act, while the shortage of personnel is glaring in the establishments of the DPJ.
“Imagine in your living room, outside, we put seven big yellow buses and we fill them with children every day. We are there in Quebec. […] Why is this virus of abuse spreading at high speed right now, and why there is a disturbing silence in Quebec? It should be on top of our list right now, we should talk about it,” she says.
The union of the Alliance of Professional and Technical Personnel in Health and Social Services is also concerned to see a deterioration in the supply of services.
“It’s not acceptable. We are facing a serious shortage of personnel. The workers we have are very overwhelmed, and because of that, they leave the ship more quickly, ”worries a representative of the APTS of the West Island of Montreal, Alexandra Boisrond.
The pandemic and inflation have had an impact on the people of Montreal, which has exacerbated tensions in some families.
The CIUSSS Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal is also looking for 50 to 75 new foster families.
“We manage to answer. On the other hand, there are families who have 3 or 4 children from the DPJ and we find that it is too much. We also want to have the opportunity to play good games, says Nadine Thiffault, assistant director of the youth program.
The spokesperson for the CIUSSS Ouest-de-l’Île affirms that the organization makes reducing its waiting time a priority.
“We are aware that this is a significant deadline and our teams are fully mobilized to reduce the waiting list, which is shrinking every month. An interdisciplinary working group whose mandate is to reduce the waiting list was set up a year ago. We have also deployed a project to integrate Human Relations Officers into evaluation positions,” underlines Alexandre Cadieux, public relations at the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal.
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