Tuesday, December 20, 2016

-Concerns for man named "Gordon"--------Dear Julie Ali: Thank you for your e-mail of December 7, 2016, to The Honourable Stephen McNeil regarding concerns for a man named “Gordon”. The Premier’s Office forwarded your letter to the Honourable Joanne Bernard, Minister of Community Services, and I have been asked to respond to your e-mail. This matter has been brought to the attention of staff in our department who administer services to persons with disabilities. I am not able to disclose any further information due to the need to protect individuals’ confidentiality. Thank you again for bringing this matter to our attention. Sincerely, Shaun Butler, MSW, RSW

Plz share and have your friends share!
Maybe we'll get the attention we urgently require!
This is Gordon. Gordon is my husband's brother. A little bit about him.
Gordon has been suffering several mental health issues since childhood. The conditions we know about are schizophrenia, ADHD, severe OCD, compulsive gambling and a mental capacity of about a 4th grader. 
All of his life (52 yrs) he has lived in a tiny cabin next to his mother's house. He never "thrived" but he survived as long as he had the security of his mom (who also dealt with her own schizophrenia).
Last month this very day, his mom passed away in her sleep. No will, no direction for Gordon and as a result, all of her property, including the cabin has gone into probate which may take up to 3 years to settle.
This leaves us (my husband and I) desperate to find housing for him.
In the beginning, we thought we'd be able to have him live with us. After one night, we realized that his conditions are so severe that it is just not possible for several reasons.
We have spent the entire month speaking on his behalf to every level of "the system" (Richmond and Inverness county Social Services, Nova Scotia Housing, Adult Protection Service) we know of and are finding ourselves at our wits end! Everybody seems to be "assessing" the situation but not coming up with any definite answer. In the meantime, we're ordered to remove him from the property as it's technically not ours until it's gone through probate. We are not even able to insure the property while he's there.
At this point, we're scared for him. He has no running water, no bathroom, no proper source of heat and the place will not likely withstand the winter that's predicted.
Gordon can go from childlike to mildly aggressive depending on the situation he's placed in. We see him as harmless as do most of the small community he lives in ,however, he's still unpredictable. He's also not capable of properly caring for himself without support.
It's almost like he's being set up to react badly to the stress of this DIRE situation to end up on a forensic unit of a prison (which was actually suggested by a social worker in Port Hawkesbury). Or the street!
We all agree, he should have been properly placed in a group setting yrs ago but that was not the case and this is where we are now.
I'm posting this in hopes that someone can offer us a solution that we may have overlooked.
Private message us here, call or text us:
Wendy 902-302-2276
Ross 902-631-5251

From: Julie Ali <
Date: Tue, Dec 20, 2016 at 12:46 PM
Subject: Re: Concerns for man named "Gordon"
To: "Butler, Shaun" <Shaun.Butler@novascotia.ca>


Hi,
It is good that someone in the government knows but what actually is being done? Is the man receiving help?
Or can't you say due to privacy legislation? If so this is a dumb thing. I don't think privacy legislation prohibits you from telling the public what you are doing for him
All you need to say is that the man is receiving supports and services.
Or is he not receiving supports and services?
Does the public have to go to Social Media and Facebook endlessly to get the information?
Why not simply make a news release to CBC and tell us?

If y'all don't do this we have to assume that y'all are doing nothing.  And so we go back to social media to get the information of what is not being done.


Sincerely,
Julie Ali

On Tue, Dec 20, 2016 at 12:19 PM, Butler, Shaun <Shaun.Butler@novascotia.ca> wrote:
Sent via email to:               Julie Ali<

Dear Julie Ali:
Thank you for your e-mail of December 7, 2016, to The Honourable Stephen McNeil regarding concerns for a man named “Gordon”.  The Premier’s Office forwarded your letter to the Honourable Joanne Bernard, Minister of Community Services, and I have been asked to respond to your e-mail.

This matter has been brought to the attention of staff in our department who administer services to persons with disabilities.  I am not able to disclose any further information due to the need to protect individuals’ confidentiality.   

Thank you again for bringing this matter to our attention.

Sincerely,

Shaun Butler, MSW, RSW
Manager, Regional Service Delivery
Department of Community Services 
Sydney/ North Sydney District Offices
902.563.3304 [Sydney District Office] 
902.794.5117 [North Sydney District Office]

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