I am advised that NSACL will be issuing a formal release expressing their dismay at this announcement later in the week. In their own words:
NSACL does believe that a large building sitting on a hill, outside town does NOT constitute a home. By finding $19 million new dollars to use in this way, the Department has ensured that there will be institutional placements available in this province for decades to come.The whole issue of institutional care versus community care (and perhaps more importantly, who decides) for individuals with disabilities in Nova Scotia has a long and tortured history. The Dept of Community Services has recently formulated new policies as to what "placements" are available under the Services for Persons With Disabilites program.
Expect to read more on those here in the near future.
H/T to Dorothy Kitchen of the Kendrick Coalition