Written Answers. - Mental Handicap Service.

101.

asked the Minister for Health the present number of people with mental handicap, in the different categories and age groups (a) in receipt of a service and (b) not in receipt of a service, in each of the health board areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

(a) The following tables indicate the number of people by age and degree of handicap in receipt of mental handicap services in each health board area. In addition there are approximately 2,000 people accommodated in the psychiatric hospitals.

Eastern Health Board

Age

Mild

Moderate

Severe

Profound

Total

0-4

49

80

24

17

170

5-14

148

143

215

63

569

15-19

196

159

123

35

513

20-34

351

767

419

130

1,667

35-54

140

558

266

43

1,007

55+

47

138

69

5

259

Total

931

1,845

1,116

293

4,185

Midland Health Board

Age

Mild

Moderate

Severe

Profound

Total

0-4

10

15

11

3

39

5-14

6

44

29

13

92

15-19

12

35

29

11

87

20-34

18

53

46

8

125

35-54

6

10

6

1

23

55+

7

5

12

Total

52

164

126

36

378

Mid Western Health Board

Age

Mild

Moderate

Severe

Profound

Total

0-4

9

7

7

5

28

5-14

2

72

24

34

132

15-19

12

96

24

21

153

20-34

46

212

90

34

382

35-54

5

55

18

3

81

55+

1

1

Total

74

442

164

97

777

North Eastern Health Board

Age

Mild

Moderate

Severe

Profound

Total

0-4

1

5

2

1

9

5-14

5

59

37

7

108

15-19

7

42

40

8

97

20-34

29

92

86

3

210

35-54

6

31

74

1

112

55+

4

7

11

Total

48

233

246

20

547

North Western Health Board

Age

Mild

Moderate

Severe

Profound

Total

0-4

3

8

4

1

16

5-14

5

46

25

8

84

15-19

28

43

22

4

97

20-34

46

204

70

15

335

35-54

8

43

32

1

84

55+

1

1

2

Total

90

345

154

29

618

South Eastern Health Board

Age

Mild

Moderate

Severe

Profound

Total

0-4

10

7

7

6

30

5-14

25

48

69

47

189

15-19

36

30

20

12

98

20-34

79

188

87

20

374

35-54

30

70

33

6

139

55+

3

4

1

8

Total

183

347

217

91

838

Southern Health Board

Age

Mild

Moderate

Severe

Profound

Total

0-4

1

5

25

1

32

5-14

65

122

101

32

320

15-19

127

116

55

45

343

20-34

172

212

181

47

612

35-54

67

73

44

1

185

55+

11

28

23

62

Total

443

556

429

126

1,554

Western Health Board

Age

Mild

Moderate

Severe

Profound

Total

0-4

2

2

2

6

5-14

27

93

53

11

184

15-19

61

106

43

8

218

20-34

80

182

102

7

371

35-54

18

86

44

148

55+

4

8

5

17

Total

190

477

249

28

944

(b) It is my policy that mentally handicapped persons receive appropriate services as required. To this end I have ensured, despite the overall financial constraints, that the allocations for the agencies providing such services have been protected in real terms and that these services are provided in a co-ordinated prioritised way. The regional co-ordinating committee's representative of the Department, the health boards and the voluntary agencies are at present assessing the position particularly in relation to any unmet need. When the unmet need is comprehensively quantified I will communicate with the Deputy.