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Novia Scotia plans $2M overhaul of youth services

The Nova Scotia government plans to spend $2 million over the next four months trying to improve how it deals with troubled teens.

The plan includes hiring people to guide parents to the programs already in place and doing a better job of co-ordinating those services, the province announced Monday.

What Has Spurred this Spending on Troubled Youth?

This was one of the recommendations from the Nunn commission into the death of Theresa McEvoy, the Halifax teachers' aide killed in 2004 by a 16-year-old boy driving a stolen car.

During the inquiry, the teen was described as a "frequent flyer," a troubled youth who had many run-ins with the law.

In his report, Justice Merlin Nunn called on the province to find ways to identify at-risk youth and get them help before they become a danger to society.

Will These Changes Help?

Joe McEvoy, Theresa's brother, said he believes the changes the government is planning will make it easier for parents to get help for troubled teens.

He is particularly pleased that special education and support plans will follow youth who transfer from school to school.

However, he doesn't expect to see results overnight.

"The proof is going to be further down the road," McEvoy said. "I don't think tomorrow I'm going to walk out and it's going to be an entirely changed system."

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