News Release Archive

Thanks to the co-operative efforts of parents, staff and
community service providers, the Dartmouth Children's Training
Centre will close four months ahead of schedule, Community
Services Minister Jim Smith said today.

Some residents will be placed in smaller community-based centres
that allow the children a greater measure of integration with
their community and their families. Those who will return to
their own homes will be provided in-home support through the
Department of Community Services.

"This is another step in the move to integrate children with
special needs back into communities, and enable greater
interaction with their families. To date, and with the
cooperation and support of the parents, staff and communities,
more than 80 children from the Youth Training Centre and the two
Children's Training Centres in Dartmouth and Sydney have been
placed in communities. Reaction to the transition from parents
and the children is very positive," Dr. Smith said.

The Dartmouth centre housed a full complement of approximately 20
residents, although that number will be reduced to six by the end
of August. In addition to full time residents, the centre has
provided some respite care. Other arrangements for respite care
will be in place by the November closure.

The Department of Community Services is working with the
Department of Human Resources and the Nova Scotia Government
Employees Union to assist in finding alternate employment for the
approximate 35 staff members who will be affected.

The budget of $1.8 million will be reallocated to the in-home and
small options support programs, the minister said.


Contact:  Donna McCready  902-424-4326

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