The province is investing $8.6 million in new housing for Nova Scotians recovering from mental illness.

Four community-focused living units, each with 10 bedrooms and living space, will be built on the Nova Scotia Hospital property. They are designed to help patients transition from inpatient care to independent living.

The Capital District Health Authority and the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia are also kicking in a combined $1.7 million, bringing the total cost of the program to $10.3 million.

“The community-focused units will create a wonderful living and care environment outside of the traditional hospital setting. This will support those individuals who need more rehabilitation and skills development to safely transition back to their community,” said Capital Health vice-president Barbara Hall in a press release.

“This project also represents an important step in renewing Capital Health’s aging infrastructure and will benefit all Nova Scotians.”

Construction on the units will begin this summer.

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