Parliamentary Questions to the Minister for Health on Disability, Respite and Early Intervention Services

* 350. To ask the Minister for Health the levels of funding for respite services in County Tipperary, both adult and children services over the past five years; the number of persons awaiting services in the county; if he will ensure that funding for respite services in south Tipperary is increased in Budget 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
– Mattie McGrath T.D.
For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 11th October, 2016.
* 352. To ask the Minister for Health if he will ensure that extra funding will be provided for residential placements for persons with disabilities in Budget 2017, with a particular emphasis on placements for dual diagnosis patients as promised in the Programme for Government; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
– Mattie McGrath T.D.
For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 11th October, 2016. REPLY.

 

The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality of opportunity and improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.
The Programme for Partnership Government states that the Government wishes to provide more accessible respite care to facilitate full support for people with a disability.
The level of funding available for my Department is being considered as part of the national estimates / budgetary process for 2017, which is currently underway. Pending completion of this process, it is not appropriate for me to comment further at this stage.
As the Deputy’s questions relate to service matters, I have arranged for the questions to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy.

 

QUESTION NO: 351

DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister of State at the Department of Health (Helen McEntee T.D.) by Deputy Mattie McGrath for WRITTEN ANSWER on 11/10/2016

* To ask the Minister for Health if he will ensure that extra funding will be provided for residential placements for persons with enduring mental health issues in Budget 2017, with a particular emphasis on placements for dual diagnosis patients as promised in the Programme for Government; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Mattie McGrath T.D.
REPLY.

The amount allocated to mental health services under the HSE’s National Service Plan will increase by €41 million, or just over 5%, to €826 million for 2016. This represents a net increase of €115 million to the mental health Budget since 2012.
The Department of Health has provided start-up funding for the HSE’s ‘Dual Diagnosis’ clinical programme in 2016 addressing those service users with Mental Health difficulties and Substance Misuse problems. A Clinical Lead is in the process of being appointed together with a Programme Manager for this Programme. The Primary Care Division has already appointed a National Clinical Lead for the Addiction Services to improve its response to drug and alcohol abuse at Primary Care level and this Clinical Lead will work with the soon to be appointed Mental Health Clinical Lead to develop a cohesive programme for those with a dual diagnosis.
The overarching aim of the national programme is to standardise quality evidence-based practice across the Mental Health Services. The Programme will bring together clinical disciplines and enable them to share innovative solutions to deliver greater benefits to every user of HSE services. The Programmes are based on three main objectives:

    1. To improve the quality of care we deliver to all users of HSE services; 2. To improve access to all services; and 3. To improve cost effectiveness.

In addition, intensive dual diagnosis addiction and mental health in-reach programmes for homeless people will be supported from an overall additional €2 million funding allocation for homeless mental health needs this year.
In relation to the forthcoming Budget, the Department of Health has liaised with the HSE to identify and agree the priority areas for funding for mental health going forward into 2017.

 

QUESTION NO: 353

DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister of State at the Department of Health (Finian McGrath T.D.) by Deputy Mattie McGrath for WRITTEN ANSWER on 11/10/2016

* To ask the Minister for Health if he will ensure that the area of early intervention services will receive increased funding in Budget 2017 to ensure that the Government’s increased commitment to early intervention services for children with special needs will be fulfilled, in an effort to reduce waiting times for assessment and follow up therapies; if he will ensure a genuine effort will be made to fill all vacancies for therapists in this area; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Mattie McGrath T.D.
REPLY. The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality of opportunity and improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.
The level of funding available for my Department is being considered as part of the national estimates / budgetary process for 2017, which is currently underway. Pending completion of this process, it is not appropriate for me to comment further at this stage.
As the Deputy’s question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy.  Pap

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