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 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.

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 Brescia province.
  • “Prison and Territory Association” (ASSOCIAZIONE CARCERE & TERRITORIO – http://www.act-bs.it/engaged in activities sensitizing about the  issue of detention and in promoting alternatives measures to prison detention.

Who do 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 misure.
  • People who suffer from chronical deseases, if their health conditions are compatible with the development of the therapeutic program
  • People who are under any limitation of their freedom.

Who can you contact?

If you are a non-italian speaking visitor and you would like to contact us or learn 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 poli-addiction. It can also offer an alternative to prison, such as external criminal enforcement corrective measure.
    We offers an amount of 265 credited seats.
    – 7 Centres for Males
    – 3 Centres for females
    – 1 Centre for Single women with children
    – 3 Centre 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
  • Counselling Service for families, teenagers,
  • 2 Support Service for inmates in Brescia Prisons.

WHERE we operate

Bessimo Social Cooperative is settled in Lombardy, a northern italian region. Our first step was moved in Bergamo province, in the small town of Bessimo in 1976. Nowdays we work in four Lombardy district: Brescia, Bergamo, Cremona and Mantua.

Our headquarter is settled in Concesio (10 km from the city of Brescia), where you can find:

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

Our Welcome Service is settled in Manerbio (25 km 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 operate since 1976, the year in which our first residential therapeutic centre has been 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. Timetible depends on every event but it would approximately be from 9.00 pm to 2.00 am
  • Our Counselling Services are available upon appointment

Our Support Service for inmates guarantees a weekly presence in Brescia Prison.

HOW we operate

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

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

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 associated. 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 in 222 people: 54 males (24%) and 168 females 76%), volunteers excluded.

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

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

Last but not least, we could not be able to operate as well without our volunteers help.

Certifications

Bessimo Social Cooperative owns 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 Addictions Guidelines provided by Social Health National System.
We recognize Addiction as Chronic Relapsing Desease, whose main symptoms are Tolerance, Abstinence and Craving.

In order to reach our goal against addiction, we follow 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 strategis
  • educative, psychologist and medical support
  • relapse prevention strategies and reintegration into society.

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

Network

Our Organization is an active member in :

  • “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 Brescia province.
  • “Prison and Territory Association” (ASSOCIAZIONE CARCERE & TERRITORIO – http://www.act-bs.it/engaged in activities sensitizing about the issue of detention and in promoting alternatives 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

Organisms

As a Social Cooperative, Bessimo is based on aware and partecipated associated life. Our social assembly reunites at last twice a year and elects its Administration Council (and President) every three years.

WHY we do it

This is our Mission, composed by associated assembly in 2012

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