Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (778)

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin


786 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to a potential mental health facility proposed by Wexford Mental Healthcare Alliance (details supplied); his view on the merits of this proposal; if he will meet representatives of the Wexford Mental Health Alliance to discuss same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34812/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health)

I have recently been made aware of the proposal referred to by the Deputy and I understand it has been examined by HSE South in the context of the overall reconfiguration of mental health services generally in the Waterford/Wexford area. The main focus of Waterford/Wexford Mental Health Services is to provide community based services which are appropriate and accessible in line with A Vision for Change, the national mental health strategy. Funding for the Waterford/Wexford Mental Health Services is targeted towards the delivery of service objectives on foot of significant service reconfiguration which includes the closure of the old psychiatric hospitals and the provision of a wide range of community based mental health services. Funding for complementary services is, if deemed appropriate, provided through lottery grants and private fund raising as well as through Section 39 grants for registered charities. The Waterford/Wexford Mental Health Service is not currently in a position to fund this initiative.