Public accountability

AARC operates in a clearly defined health care environment which monitors our program in the public interest. AARC has also sought additional external accreditation to strengthen our procedures, given the vulnerability of our clients.

Oversight by Alberta Child and Youth Services through Calgary and Area Child and Family Services Authority

AARC, as an organization, and as individuals working with adolescents and their families, are as accountable as every individual in this province to Alberta Child and Youth Services. The Child, Youth & Family Enhancement Act states that every Albertan has a responsibility under the act to ensure that all children and adolescents are safe from abuse of any kind.

AARC honours that responsibility and have involved Alberta Child and Youth Services when there have been allegations of abuse or known abuses of any person receiving treatment through our program. We have had several meetings with the authorities from Alberta Child and Youth Services regarding our programs in a spirit of cooperation and transparency.

You can contact Calgary Region Child and Family Services here.

Canadian Accreditation Council of Human Services

AARC uses an external accreditation service to give an independent evaluation of our governance, practices and outcomes. AARC has a contract with Canadian Accreditation Council of Human Services (CAC).

AARC is fully accredited by the CAC until March 27, 2019. The society’s most recent accreditation was the result of a CAC audit conducted on-site in May, 2015. Accreditation has been granted for:

  • AARC Recovery Homes (Respite Care with Addiction and Intensive Treatment Designations)
  • AARC Day Programs (Day/Intervention Program with Immersive Treatment and Addictions Designations)

You can view a copy of the accreditation here.

The Canadian Accreditation Council (CAC) is a non-profit organization that has itself been accredited by the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua), the leading international health care evaluation program. You can find out more about CAC here.

Charity registration number 132199480RR0001

The Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre is formally known as “AARC Society (Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre)” and is incorporated under the Companies Act as a Society.

As a society registered under the Societies Act of Alberta and a Non-Profit Alberta company registered to carry on business in the province, AARC is subject to and adheres to the laws governing such organizations. We are recognized as a Temperance Association by Canada Revenue Agency’s Charities Directorate.

You can donate to AARC here.