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September 10, 2007 - Quebec Update
There are about 75 persons who are still live in the Riviere des Prairies psychiatric hospital although efforts are underway to find places for those people who have special needs. QACL is questioning some of the choices that have been made by a rehabilitation center such as to relocate people, with PICA problem for example, to the same place. QACL president, Jean-François Martin and vice-president, Lise Bergeron went to visit and they completely disagree with what they have seen. Jean-François Martin wrote to the Minister of Health and Social Services, Philippe Couillard to denounce the situation.
 
Around sixty persons are also living in the Pavillon Louise Vachon. There is very strong resistance by the parents to any efforts to move people out of the facility and as of now no deinstitutionalization activity is occurring or planned. 


February 3, 2004 - Quebec Update
In 1980 – 1981, nearly 5,000 people with intellectual disabilities lived in institutions in Quebec.  By 1988, this number was 4,000.  Today, this number is about 600.  The Quebec government intents to close these institutions, but has set no date.