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Rabbitte, Anne

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

As part of the overall effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 and in line with public health advice, disability day service locations closed in March. The HSE began planning for the resumption of...More Button

The guidance is to enable safe and person-centred disability day service supports to be provided in line with current public health advice and infection control guidance. It is not overly prescri...More Button

The key overarching elements of managing the risk of infection are: More Button

1. Processes to identify people (service users and staff) with communicable infection (including COVID-19) before they access services/attend work or as soon as possible after they access servic...More Button

2. Processes to minimize the risk of spread of infection from people (service users and staff) who access services/attend for work with unrecognized infection (Standard Precautions)More Button

3. Early detection of spread of infection in the service and immediate response to limit harm.More Button

The guidance developed to support the resumption of adult day services also has had to take account of social distancing rules which has meant that there is a reduced number of people in each ser...More Button

On Monday 28th September, Ministers Donnelly and Rabbitte announced that €10 million is being made available in 2020 to support the resumption of day services and enhanced home support services f...More Button

In line with the Governments Resilience & Recovery Framework (2020 – 2021), the HSE regards the provision of disability services as essential to maintaining a response to people with a disability, ...More Button

As the Deputy's question also pertains to a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to reply to the Deputy directly, as soon as possible.More Button

Disability Services Provision

The HSE has no statutory obligation to provide transport services and funding is not provided. However, some transport supports are provided by the HSE or funded agencies on a discretionary basis. ...More Button

- Travel training by service providers or families to enable public transport to be used upon commencement of their day programme where applicable.More Button

- Service providers provide transport where available capacity existsMore Button

- Local transport e.g. Local Link, private bus transport providers and taxis, funded via a combination of service provider, HSE funding, service user contribution, and / or combined funding to m...More Button

- HSE local funding, where available, is utilised to support service providers to provide transport solutions for service usersMore Button

- Families agree to transport service users to service providersMore Button

In general, disability service users are in receipt of disability allowance and are automatically entitled to the Free Travel Pass. More Button

The HSE was successful in securing Dormant Account monies to fund a project to map all Disability transport routes nationally, via information gathering by Disability Service providers and HSE Se...More Button

Day services are now reopening, and the availability of safe transport is essential to the delivery of Day Services across the country. Reduced capacity on vehicles will mean more journeys to fac...More Button

As services resume it will be necessary to identify how transport can continue to be provided in as safe a manner as possible and strictly within social distancing and other COVID-19 precautions....More Button

Transport is a theme of the National Disability Inclusion strategy, and Action 104 of this strategy states: 'We will lead a review of transport supports encompassing all Government funded transpo...More Button

As part of the mid-term review of the NDIS, there will be a focus on promoting collaborative approaches to cross-cutting issues, and the working group on transport (Action 104), was convened by t...More Button

The Government acknowledges that the implementation of COVID- 19 restrictions has led to the reduction and suspension of services for both children and adults across Disability Services. While thes...More Button

The Government is very aware of the impact of the pandemic on people with disabilities, their families and carers. Children’s services, respite services and adult day services are all resuming, h...More Button

In line with the Governments Resilience & Recovery Framework (2020 – 2021), the HSE regards the provision of disability services as essential to maintaining a response to people with a disability...More Button

As part of the overall effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 and in line with public health advice, disability day service locations closed in March. The HSE began planning for the resumption of...More Button

The guidance is to enable safe and person-centred disability day service supports to be provided in line with current public health advice and infection control guidance. It is not overly prescri...More Button

The key overarching elements of managing the risk of infection are: More Button

1. Processes to identify people (service users and staff) with communicable infection (including COVID-19) before they access services/attend work or as soon as possible after they access service...More Button

2. Processes to minimize the risk of spread of infection from people (service users and staff) who access services/attend for work with unrecognized infection (Standard Precautions)More Button

3. Early detection of spread of infection in the service and immediate response to limit harm.More Button

The guidance developed to support the resumption of adult day services also has had to take account of social distancing rules which has meant that there is a reduced number of people in each ser...More Button

On Monday 28th September, Ministers Donnelly and Rabbitte announced that €10 million is being made available in 2020 to support the resumption of day services and enhanced home support services for...More Button

Of this, €7.5 million will increase disability day services by one day a week for over 14,000 adults. This funding is being drawn down from the National Action Plan on COVID-19. Funding requireme...More Button

In line with the Governments Resilience & Recovery Framework (2020 – 2021), the HSE regards the provision of disability services as essential to maintaining a response to people with a disability, ...More Button

As the Deputy's question also pertains to a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to reply to the Deputy directly, as soon as possible.More Button

In line with Sláintecare vision it is essential, that over the next number of years, the State moves to a population-based planning approach, based on demographic and geographic considerations, th...More Button

The Disability Social Care Demand and Capacity Requirements up to 2032 is a Sláintecare Action Plan deliverable. The Report is currently being finalised it is intended that it will be presented t...More Button

As part of the overall effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 and in line with public health advice, disability day service locations closed in March. The HSE began planning for the resumption of...More Button

  Question No. 568 answered with Question No. 478.More Button

The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independ...More Button

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...More Button

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

Disability Services Funding

I was pleased to announce with Minister Donnelly on September 28th that €10 million is being made available in 2020 to support the resumption of day services and enhanced home support services for ...More Button

Of this €10 million, €7.5 million will increase disability day services by one day a week for over 14,000 adults.More Button

€2.5 million will provide 210 intensive support packages to enable children and young adults to remain at home and in their communities. These intensive support packages will enable young adults...More Button

The additional funding will further support the resumption of day services, which began to gradually resume throughout August and September. However, it should be noted that capacity in day servi...More Button

Funding requirements for 2021 will be considered through the Estimates process. More Button

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

Health Services Staff

The Programme for Government, Our Shared Future, recognises the need to improve services for both children and adults with disabilities through better implementation and by working together...More Button

The Programme for Government, Our Shared Future, recognises the need to improve services for both children and adults with disabilities through better implementation and by working together acros...More Button

Health Services Access

The Programme for Government, Our Shared Future,  recognises the need to improve services for both children and adults with disabilities through better implementation and by working to...More Button

Hospital Appointments Status

The Programme for Government, Our Shared Future,  recognises the need to improve services for both children and adults with disabilities through better implementation and by working to...More Button

Respite Care Services

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...More Button

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

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...More Button

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

Health Services Provision

On Monday 28th September, Ministers Donnelly and I announced that €10 million is being made available in 2020 to support the resumption of day services and enhanced home support services for disabi...More Button

In relation to the actions under the remit of my Department, the level of funding available is being considered as part of the national Estimates and budgetary process for 2021 which is currently...More Button

Primary Medical Certificates

The Minister for Finance has responsibility for the Disabled Drivers and Passengers (Tax Concessions) Scheme, which is operated by the Revenue Commissioners. To qualify for the Scheme, an applican...More Button

The extent of the involvement of Health Service Executive (HSE) personnel in the Scheme relates to making a professional clinical determination as to whether an individual applicant meets the spe...More Button

As the Deputy's question relates to a service matter, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Transport Support Scheme

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...More Button

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

Covid-19 Pandemic

The Programme for Government, Our Shared Future,  recognises the need to improve services for both children and adults with disabilities through better implementation and by working to...More Button

Occupational Therapy

The Programme for Government, Our Shared Future, recognises the need to improve services for both children and adults with disabilities through better implementation and by working together acros...More Button

Disabilities Assessments

I propose to take Questions Nos. 573 and 574 together.

  The Programme for Government, Our Shared Future, recognises the need to improve services for both children and adults w...More Button