It has been five years since Canadians learned that an autistic youth who had committed no offence was being housed on the grounds of the Miramichi youth correctional facility (see article following) solely because there was no adequate accommodation for him in New Brunswick while he waited admission to the Spurwink facility in Maine. A residential care and treatment facility for autistic youths and adults still does not exist in New Brunswick. If the group homes are not adequate for the more severely autistic they are either sent outside of the Province, sent to the psychiatric hospital in Campbellton or in one case at least in Saint John live, at least temporarily on a hospital ward. In some cases severely autistic adults live in their parents home, sometimes wearing protective gear and with some assistance. But no decent residential treatment facility exists for New Brunswick's most severely autistic youths and adults.
If we do not discuss adult and youth residential care during this New Brunswick election WHEN will we ever get around to it?
WHEN will severely autistic youths and adults have decent residential care and treatment in New Brunswick?