NEW GLASGOW – A recent announcement by the premier’s office has made Bob Bennett, executive director of Summer Street Industries in New Glasgow, very happy.
Premier Darrell Dexter promised changes on Aug. 29 that allow people with disabilities, seniors and people with mental health issues to choose the services and support they need.
“We’re particularly pleased to see the government moving in that direction,” Bennett said.
Bennett is also president of Directions Council for Vocational Services Society, a not-for-profit organization representing 29 “person-centred” service providers in the province.
Summer Street Industries is one of those service providers.
They build services based on what an individual wants and needs, rather than tell them to fit into services already in place.
That can include teaching job skills, providing leisure activities and academic upgrading.
Dexter’s announcement outlined three immediate actions with this new community-focused approach. It includes developing new legislation to replace the Homes for Special Care Act, setting up a single entry point for programs and services and creating a demonstration project that allows families to work on their own community-based housing solutions.
This announcement comes after a consultation with Nova Scotians last spring as well as recommendations from the Joint Advisory Committee, a 19-member committee of government and community organizations including Directions.