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Lynch, Kathleen

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 765 Nbr. 3


Comptroller and Auditor General (Amendment) Bill 2012: Second Stage (Resumed).

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Topical Issue Debate - Special Educational Needs

I thank the Deputies for raising this important issue. I recognise the importance of life skills training and day services to people with disabilities who are leaving the education system, and eve...More Button

The provision of work related training is the responsibility of FÁS and the Department of Education and Skills, whereas life skills training and general day services are provided by the HSE....More Button

The 2012 budgets have been reduced by 3.7%, not the 4% the Deputy mentioned, and the moratorium on staff recruitment gives rise to challenges in service provision. In addition, the physical capaci...More Button

I agree with the Deputy’s comment that there should be much earlier intervention rather than having parents and service users worrying up to the last possible moment every year. This cannot ...More Button

I will tell both Deputies what I have told the service providers who have been in to see me on this issue. Both the forum and the HSE are working hard to ensure as many people as possible will hav...More Button

I do not agree that certain organisations are at the pin of their collar as a result of cuts. There are questions to be asked about administration. The budget for disability is enormous: €1....More Button

I give credit to the previous Government — I have no difficulty with that — but in some cases the process does not deliver good services. We must ensure those with disabilities make ch...More Button

Written Answers - Mental Health Services

The development of comprehensive Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) for young people up to 18 years is recommended in the policy document A Vision for Change. Key to this i...More Button

CAMHS work directly with children and adolescents to provide treatment and care for those with the most severe and complex problems. All community CAMHS teams screen referrals received, those deeme...More Button

For CAMHS teams to work effectively, a range of disciplines, skills and perspectives are required so that children and adolescents are offered a care and treatment package appropriate to their indi...More Button

As this is a service matter the question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 524 and 527 together.More Button

The Programme for Government gave a commitment to develop a National Strategy on Dementia by 2013 which will increase awareness, ensure early diagnosis and intervention, and enhance communit...More Button

The next step will take the form of a public consultation process over the summer and details of how this will be carried out are currently being considered. Following on from the consultation proc...More Button

The strategy will include all those affected by dementia including those under 65.More Button

As this is a service matter the question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.More Button

Written Answers - Services for People with Disabilities

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has prepared and published standards for this sector, which outline what is expected of a provider of services and what a person with a disabilit...More Button

Discussions are also on-going at this time with HIQA regarding the resources required to set up and commence the registration and inspection regime, in addition to the need for recruitment and trai...More Button

Part 2 of the Disability Act 2005 was commenced on 1 June 2007 in respect of children aged under 5. It had been intended to have both the Disability Act 2005 and the Education for Persons with Spec...More Button

There has been a very significant rise in overall activity around the assessment process in recent years. The number of assessment reports completed rose to 3,043 in 2011 (an increase of almost 25%...More Button

A major emphasis is being placed on reconfiguring disability services for children into geographically-based early-intervention and school-aged teams as part of the Progressing Disability Services ...More Button

The number of assessments overdue for completion nationally at the end of each quarter has fallen steadily since the third quarter of 2010. While there has been a fall of 25% nationally over this p...More Button

The HSE is currently undertaking extensive work in conjunction with the non-statutory providers to ensure that the emerging needs of school leavers are addressed prior to finishing school. Communic...More Button

This process requires a certain amount of flexibility from disability service providers and the maximisation of additional capacity from within existing resources. The aim is to address the needs ...More Button

While the HSE makes every effort to provide day services to people over 18 on leaving school, this has always been dependent on the availability and location of appropriate places coupled with the ...More Button

The demand for services for school leavers continues to grow. The HSE expects that approximately 700 school leavers will require services in 2012. Disability services will be required to cater for ...More Button

This is the first year that no additional funding has been made available for demographic pressures for a number of years, therefore meeting the needs of all school leavers with disabilities will b...More Button

Written Answers - Care of the Elderly

As this is a service matter the question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.More Button

The introduction of the Nursing Homes Support Scheme, A Fair Deal, in October 2009 brought about a fundamental change in the way in which long-term nursing home care is funded and, consequen...More Button

Funding arrangements in relation to other services which may be provided in public nursing homes/community geriatric hospitals, e.g. short-term care for respite, rehabilitation, convalescence etc, ...More Button

The review of the Scheme will look at, amongst other issues:More Button

The terms of reference for the review are being finalised at present. The Department of Health will be seeking tenders through the public procurement process for the carrying out of the review. Thi...More Button

As the Scheme is statutory based, the implementation of any recommendations arising from the review may require significant amendments to the Nursing Homes Support Scheme Act, 2009.More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Waiting Lists

As the Deputy’s question relates to service matters I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Question No. 469 answered with Question No. 460.More Button

Written Answers - Suicide Prevention

There is a wide array of services available in Ireland for individuals experiencing emotional distress, mental illness and suicidal ideation. These services are not limited to the statutory medical...More Button

One of the objectives of the HSE is to increase awareness of and access to high quality support services for people experiencing mental health difficulties or those in distress. Signposting is a ke...More Button

In 2011 the HSE National Office for Suicide Prevention commissioned Samaritans to pilot their CONNECT system. This three year project is focused on examining how helpline callers can be signposte...More Button

The NOSP, through its recently established National Implementation Group on the Reach Out strategy, is currently working with key stakeholders to raise levels of awareness of services whic...More Button

Written Answers - Hospitals Expenditure

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.More Button

Written Answers - Health Services

As the Deputy’s question relates to service matters I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Written Answers - Community Care

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.More Button

Written Answers - Home Help Services

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.More Button

Question No. 527 answered with Question No. 524.More Button

Written Answers - Child Care Services

As this is a service matter the question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.More Button