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Nova Scotia disability groups seek independent review of institutions after abuse cases

<p>Advocates for people with disabilities are calling on theNova Scotia government to conduct an independent inquiry into safety atlarger adult residential centres for the mentally handicapped andmentally ill.</p>

HALIFAX - Advocates for people with disabilities are calling on the
Nova Scotia government to conduct an independent inquiry into safety at
larger adult residential centres for the mentally handicapped and
mentally ill.

Mary Rothman, the director of the Nova Scotia
Association for Community Living, joined a group of parents, social
workers and activists today to express concern about revelations that
there have been 43 cases of abuse in care facilities in less than two
years.

Nineteen of those cases occurred at the Riverview facility, a large adult residential centre in northeastern Nova Scotia.

Rothman noted the majority of the cases of physical, sexual and emotional abuse are occurring in the larger centres.

Her
group is calling for the end of admissions to large centres, and a
transfer of funding to smaller settings and community-based care.

Community
Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse says she's doing an internal
review on Riverview, but advocacy groups and the Liberal Opposition
argue that's simply following up on an initiative from the previous
Tory government.

 
 
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