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Daly, Jim

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Mental Health Services Reports: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

I thank Deputy Browne for tabling the motion, bringing this issue to the House and giving us an opportunity to discuss and debate it. I thank him for his continued interest, as acknowledged by all...More Button

I confirm that the Mental Health Act 2001 went to the Mental Health Commission. That is a very welcome step which is long overdue. The Act finally made that journey, which is a step in the righ...More Button

Many speakers referred to capacity, beds and issues arising in that regard. Obviously, we will not tolerate governance issues, which are unacceptable. Deputy Rabbitte's comments could have been...More Button

We want to move to a more proactive space. Thankfully, that is happening in the area of young people. Last year, we introduced 114 assistant psychologists managed by 20 psychologists and overse...More Button

That is working well and capturing many of these issues earlier. Like any initiative in health worth its salt, it will take time to show real tangible results. Despite this, it has been independe...More Button

Hospital Beds Closures

St. Mary’s Hospital in the Phoenix Park provides 150 long term residential beds, located across two modern purpose-built units.  The hospital also provides 75 sub-acute or short stay beds, located ...More Button

Mental Health Services Provision

I would like to assure the Deputy that addressing the health needs of homeless persons and improving their access to healthcare services are a priority for the Department of Health and the HSE.  More Button

Currently, health services for the homeless population are delivered by multiple providers including Statutory Services, Non-Government Organisations and charitable organisations. In addition to ...More Button

There are two Specialist Homeless Mental Health Teams located in Dublin, one in Cork and a dedicated mental health homeless team is currently being developed in Kerry.  More Button

The HSE is currently working on a service improvement project which focuses on improving mental health care pathways for people who are homeless. This project will create a stepped model of care ...More Button

HSE Homeless Multidisciplinary Teams are established in each Community Health Organisation. These teams comprise nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, mental health and addiction worke...More Button

Counselling is available to homeless persons through a national service, Counselling in Primary Care. Counselling is also available through the HSE Addiction Services and by HSE-funded Non-Govern...More Button

Families in emergency homeless accommodation have access to the all the services mentioned, in addition to the general mental health services that are available to all citizens. Most people with ...More Button

Again, let me assure the Deputy that addressing the matter of persons and families in emergency homeless accommodation is priority for the Government and the mental health and wellbeing of each p...More Button

As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible. More Button

As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible. More Button

As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible. More Button

Enhancement of the specialist CAMHS service, including improved access and reducing waiting lists, remains a priority for both the Government and the HSE. More Button

The total number of children on the CAMHS Waiting List was around 2,606 at the end of April 2019. This was down from 2,711 in April 2018. The HSE has prioritised reducing both short- and long-ter...More Button

It is important to note that the number of referrals to CAMHS increased from around 12,800 referrals received in 2011 to around 18,100 referrals expected in 2019. Cases assessed by professionals ...More Button

The recent Budget provided an additional €55 million to progress new developments in mental health which brings overall HSE mental health funding to nearly €1 billion in 2019. This funding has he...More Button

There are now 70 CAMHS teams, compared to 49 in 2008, and 3 Paediatric Liaison Teams. All aspects of CAMHS nationally are being improved by the HSE under its annual Service Plans. This includes b...More Button

To this end, we have also tried to reduce demand on CAMHS. The HSE funds Jigsaw to provide early intervention mental health services which focus on the needs of 12-25 year olds. Their early inter...More Button

In conjunction with the Department of Health and the HSE, I am progressing various initiatives to enhance CAMHS, and also to adopt a wider approach around Prevention and Early Intervention measur...More Button

The Department of Health will continue to monitor CAMHS activity and staffing data. In addition, I have held meetings with, and sought further information from, the Chief Officers and Executive ...More Button

Community Care Provision

Improving access to home support remains a priority for Government. Over the past four years we have seen a considerable increase of nearly €140 million in the budget which has grown from €306 mill...More Button

Improving access to home support remains a priority for Government. Over the past four years we have seen a considerable increase of nearly €140 million in the budget which has grown from €306 mill...More Button

As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

Improving access to home support remains a priority for Government. Over the past four years we have seen a considerable increase of nearly €140 million in the budget which has grown from €306 mill...More Button

Despite this significant level of service provision, the demand for home support continues to grow. The allocation of funding for home supports across the system, though significant, is finite an...More Button

The development of a new, standalone statutory scheme and system of regulation for home-support services is a long-standing objective of the Government.  This is currently progressing in line wit...More Button

Building on a review of the home care systems in 4 EU countries which was published in April 2017, the Department is currently engaged in a review of the policy goals, objectives and guiding prin...More Button

The Department of Health is currently engaged in the development of a new statutory scheme and system of regulation for home-support services. In preparation for the development of the statutory sc...More Button

Work is currently being progressed in relation to a review of the management, operation and funding of current home care services in Ireland. This will provide a baseline for the design of an eff...More Button

 Work is on-going to determine the optimal approach to the development of the statutory scheme within the broader context of the Sláintecare reforms. The Department’s Sláintecare Implementation S...More Button

Nursing Home Services

Over the last two years, an additional €45 million has been provided to NHSS budget for the continued provision of services in line with competitive pricing and demand.  As outlined in the HSE's Na...More Button

Mental Health Commission Reports

I propose to take Questions Nos. 80 and 127 together.More Button

Firstly, I would like to acknowledge the important work of the Mental Health Commission in holding our mental health services to account, and helping to improve standards across facilities and se...More Button

I welcome the positive trend towards greater compliance with Commission regulations by the 64 Approved Centres in 2018. I note that compliance across Approved Centres has improved from 76% in 201...More Button

However, I recognise that further improvements are needed. The Commission, in both the 2018 Annual Report and in the Inspector's Report, identified areas of low compliance in certain Approved Cen...More Button

The Department of Health will continue to monitor progress made by the HSE in improving compliance, to improve service delivery for mental health service users across the system.More Button

Home Help Service Provision

As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

Hospital Services

As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

Home Help Service

As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

Mental Health Services Staff

As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible. More Button

  Question No. 127 answered with Question No. 80.More Button

Home Care Packages Provision

As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

HSE Donations

As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible. More Button

Nursing Homes Support Scheme Administration

The Nursing Homes Support Scheme (NHSS), commonly referred to as Fair Deal, is a system of financial support for people who require long-term residential care. Participants contribute t...More Button

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible. More Button

Nursing Homes Support Scheme Applications

I propose to take Questions Nos. 416 and 418 together.More Button

The Nursing Homes Support Scheme (NHSS), commonly referred to as A Fair Deal, is a system of financial support for those in need of long-term nursing home care. Participants contribute to the co...More Button

The Scheme aims to ensure that long-term nursing home care is accessible and affordable for everyone and that people are cared for in the most appropriate settings. An applicant to the scheme can...More Button

Participants in the Scheme contribute up to 80% of their assessable income and a maximum of 7.5% per annum of the value of assets held. Assets include cash assets and all forms of property whethe...More Button

In line with the Nursing Homes Support Scheme Act 2009 a transferred asset, is assessed as per its value on the date application for State support was first made. This is provided in Schedule 1 o...More Button

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Staff

As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible. More Button

Mental Health Services Data

As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible. More Button

As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible. More Button

Nursing Homes Support Scheme

The proposed policy change to the Nursing Homes Support Scheme (NHSS), to cap contributions based on farm and business assets at 3 years where a family successor commits to working the productive a...More Button

It is intended that this proposed policy change, the 3 year cap, will be extended to eligible existing participants in long term residential care so that they are not disadvantaged, but that ther...More Button

The General Scheme of Bill for the NHSS was approved by Government on the 11th June 2019. The changes to the Scheme will come into effect as soon as the legislative process is successfully compl...More Button

Emergency Departments Data

As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible. More Button

Home Care Packages Data

As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

Speech and Language Therapy

As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible. More Button