By Benjamin Flowers
Drug rehabilitation centers in Belize are increasing the quality of service provided to their clients through a new system developed by the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission.
The Reporter spoke today with Ismael Vallejos, Director of Jacobs Farm Rehabilitation Center, who explained that he was among two Belizean delegates who participated in a regional training seminar in Nassau, Bahamas last week. The seminar, funded by the Organization of America States, was to train rehab representatives in employing a new client data entry system which will not only ensure more relevant and comprehensive data to authorities and stakeholders, but also greater confidentiality to clients. “The seminar also provided a forum for drug rehab representatives to network and share ideas, which will benefit the quality of the service we are able to provide.”
The National Drug Abuse Control Council also sent a representative to the seminar. Director of the NDACC, Esner Vellos, explained that later this year both delegates will meet with representatives from other rehab centers in the country to sensitize them about the new system.
Vellos explained that the implementation of the intake is for a positive step in developing the minimal standards of care that will be required of all drug rehab facilities in Belize. “We will be working to make Jacob’s farm the model rehab center in Belize and implement the minimal standards of care there. Once that is done we will look to licensing and accreditation,” Vellos said.
Currently Belize has three rehab centers: the Ashcroft Rehabilitation Center located at the Kolbe Foundation, Jacobs Farm in Corozal and Remars, which has branches in Belize City, Ladyville and Bullet Tree.