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standard-title Cooperativa di Bessimo – Linking Forward Our step toward Europe

Cooperativa di Bessimo – Linking Forward

Our step toward Europe

Cooperativa Bessimo is…

Bessimo is a Social Cooperative funded in 1976 in order to offer therapeutic rehabilitation programmes to drug-addicted people.  We are a no-profit organization accredited by Lombardia Region for addictions treatment since 2008.

We care about addictions from Prevention to Harm Reduction: 222 people are  employed in our Organization.

As a social cooperative, Bessimo is based on member social participation and cooperation: our social assembly is composed by 105 members.

WHO we are

Bessimo is a Social Cooperative funded in 1976 in order to offer therapeutic rehabilitation programmes to drug-addicted people.  We have been a no-profit organization accredited by Lombardia Region for addictions treatment since 2008.

We care about addictions from Prevention to Harm Reduction: 222 people are employed in our Organization.

As a social cooperative, Bessimo is based on member social participation and cooperation: our social assembly is composed of 105 members.

Our Organization is an active member in:

  • “Confcooperatives” (CONFCOPERATIVE – http://www.confcooperative.it/)
  • “Host-Communities National Coordination” (CNCA – www.cnca.it)
  • “Accredited Organization Coordination in Lombardy” (CEAL – http://www.cealweb.org/)
  •  “The Acrobats” Consortium (http://www.smigliacrobati.it/) which operates an outpatient service for people who suffer from problematic use/abuse in gambling, internet, psycho-active legal or illegal substances, in the province of Brescia.
  • “Prison and Territory Association” (ASSOCIAZIONE CARCERE & TERRITORIO – http://www.act-bs.it/engaged in activities raising awareness of the issue of detention and in promoting alternative measures to prison detention.

Who we help

  • Drug/Alcohol/Gambling Addicted males or females
  • Drug/Alcohol/Gambling Addicted couples, even with children
  • Pregnant single women or single women with children
  • People with ongoing detoxicating treatment
  • People covered by substitute pharmacological treatment
  • Extra-EU citizens, as long as they have a residence permit.
  • Non-EU residents detained without a residence permit under probation measures.
  • People who suffer from chronic deseases, if their health conditions are compatible with the development of the therapeutic program
  • People who are under any limitation of their freedom.

Who you can contact

If you are a non-Italian speaking visitor and you would like to contact us or find out more about Bessimo Social Cooperative, you can send an e-mail to Elisa Arcari at prevenzione2@bessimo.it.

WHAT we do

Bessimo Social Cooperative helps people suffering from other forms of addiction including alcohol, gambling and the Internet.

We care about addictions from Prevention to Harm Reduction.

  • • 14 residential therapeutic communities: Therapeutic Rehabilitation, Orientation, and Specific Treatments for families, alcohol-addiction and multiple addiction. It can also offer an alternative to prison, such as external criminal enforcement corrective measure.
    We offer an amount of 265 credited seats.
    – 7 Centres for Males
    – 3 Centres for females
    – 1 Centre for Single women with children
    – 3 Centres for Addicted Couples (with or without children)
  • 1 Educative Residential Centre for children
  • Social Housing Service
  • 4 Harm-Reduction Services in 4 different cities
  • 1 Risk-Reduction Service operating in night-life events
  • Counselling Service for families, teenagers,
  • 2 Support Services for inmates in Brescia Prisons.

WHERE we operate

Bessimo Social Cooperative is based in Lombardy, a region in northern Italy. Our first step was taken in the province of Bergamo, in the small town of Bessimo in 1976. Nowadays, we work in four Lombardy provinces: Brescia, Bergamo, Cremona and Mantua.

Our head office is based in Concesio (10 kms from the city of Brescia), where you can find:

  • President Office
  • Chief Executive Office
  • Human Resources Office
  • Accounts Office
  • Research and Development Office
  • Security Managing
  • Prevention Service Office
  • Quality Control Office
  • Communication and Fund Raising Office
  • Secretariat

Our Welcome Service is based in Manerbio (25 kms from the city of Brescia). This Office is dedicated to people who wish to take on a recovery programme in one of our Centres.

WHEN we operate

  • We have been operating since 1976, the year in which our first residential therapeutic centre was opened.
  • Our Residential Communities are open 24/7, 12 months per year.
  • According to certification standards, we guarantee the stable presence of graduated personnel.
  • Our Administrative Offices are open from Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm.
  • Our Harm Reduction Units are open daily part-time
  • Our Mobile Risk Reduction Unit works weekly during nightlife events. Timetable depends on each event but it would approximately be from 9.00 pm to 2.00 am
  • Our Counselling Services are available on appointment
  • Our Support Service for inmates guarantees a weekly presence in the Brescia Prisons.

HOW we operate

The Cooperative has no profit aim; its goal is the pursuit of the general interest of the community, human promotion and the social integration of citizens.

The Cooperative is inspired by the bases of cooperative movement basis: mutuality, solidarity, democracy, commitment; and furthermore, the balance of responsibilities with respect to roles, the community spirit, the link with the territory, a balanced relationship with the state and public institutions.

The Cooperative meets its social goals through the management of health and educational services oriented primarily, but not exclusively, to the needs of people with problems of addiction.

In relation to this, the Cooperative can manage permanently or temporarily, either on its own or on behalf of third parties: socio-educational or assistance services but also productive activities only with a therapeutic and educational value.

All Bessimo Cooperative activities depend on our Ethical Code edited and shared by all associates. Its main principles are: transparency, clarity, honesty, fairness and impartiality.

Personnel

According to our last Balance Sheet, the staff who provided services during the year 2016 consisted of 222 people: 54 males (24%) and 168 females 76%), volunteers excluded.

Bessimo Social Cooperative Staff Members are all selected through interviews and aptitude tests followed by a permanent training path. All employees are supervised on a quarterly basis.

We also avail of the help of many professional consultant as Physicians, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Cultural Mediators, Health Care Assistants and Lawyers.

Last but not least, we would not be able to operate without the help of our volunteers.

Certifications

Bessimo Social Cooperative has owned a UNI EN ISO 9001 EA 38F Quality Control Certification since 2008. We have been Validated by Regione Lombardia as a managing organization for addiction rehabilitation programmes.

Methodology

As well as a Validated Organization, Bessimo Social Cooperative follows Regional and National Addiction Guidelines provided by the Social Health National System.

We recognize Addiction as a Chronic Relapsing Disease, whose main symptoms are Tolerance, Abstinence and Craving.

In order to reach our goal against addiction, we follow the 1994 European Pillars strategies:

  • Fight Drug Trafficking
  • Prevention
  • Treatment and Rehabilitation
  • Harm Reduction

Our Rehabilitation programmes are drug-free and offer a comprehensive range of services which seek to help the individual detoxification, recover, and build a new life for themselves in which they participate in society productively and on equal terms.

We sustain our aims through

  • abstinence from substances/detoxification
  • raising awareness
  • motivational strategies
  • educational, psychological and medical support
  • relapse prevention strategies and reintegration into society.

People interested in a Rehabilitation Programme can access through the Social Health National System Services (NOA, SMI, SerD…).

Network

Our Organization is an active member of

  • “Confcooperatives” (CONFCOPERATIVE – http://www.confcooperative.it/ )
  • “Host-Communities National Coordination” (CNCA – cnca.it )
  • “Accredited Organization Coordination in Lombardy” (CEAL – http://www.cealweb.org/ )
  • “The Acrobats” Consortium (http://www.smigliacrobati.it/) which operates an outpatient service for people who suffer from problematic use/abuse in gambling, internet, psycho-active legal or illegal substances, in the province of Brescia.
  • “Prison and Territory Association” (ASSOCIAZIONE CARCERE & TERRITORIO – http://www.act-bs.it/ )engaged in activities raising awareness of the issue of detention and in promoting alternative measures to prison detention.
  • ASSOCIAZIONE CASELLO 11
  • ASSOCOOP BRESCIA (www.brescia.confcooperative.it) •
  • BANCA DI CREDITO COOPERATIVO DI BRESCIA (www.bccbrescia.it) •
  • BANCA ETICA (www.bancaetica.com)
  • G.M. Finance (www.cgmfinance.it)
  • CONFCOOPERFIDI (www.lombardia.confcooperative.it/sites/confcooperfidi)
  • CONSORZIO KOINON (www.koinon.coop)
  • COOPERATIVA CHIZZOLETTA (coop. sociale)
  • COOPERATIVA PROGETTO BESSIMO (www.progettobessimo.it)
  • CONSORZIO SERVIZI DIPENDENZE – BERGAMO
  • POWER ENERGIA Servizi Energetici
  • COOPERATIVA BRESCIA.EST – (www.est.coop.it)
  • S.B. IMMOBILIARE SOCIALE BRESCIA – (www.isbonlus.it)
  • CONSORZIO SUL SERIO DI  CREMA
  • COOPERATIVA TERRA DI VALLECAMONICA
  • PORTA APERTA SOC. COOP. SOCIALE ONLUS
  • DETTO FATTO COOPERATIVA SOCIALE ONLUS

ORGANZATIONAL CHART

As a Social Cooperative, Bessimo is based on the democratic participation of its partners. Our partners’ meeting gathers at last twice a year and elects its Board of Directors (and President) every three years.

WHY we do it

This is our Mission, created by the partners’ meeting in 2012

“Bessimo Social Cooperative, based on the democratic participation of its members, offers health and social services and individualized educational pathways to people with addiction and minors in difficulty, in order to improve the quality of life, respect for the individual and the community.”