Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Questions (198)

Bernard Durkan


198. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health the extent to which adequate financial provision remains available to his Department to meet the requirements of the mental health services with particular reference to the need to ensure the maintenance of the necessary supportive structures; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21776/14]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Government is committed to the continued reform of the mental health services, notwithstanding the substantial overall reduction in resources available to the health service in recent years. Some €90 million in development funding has been provided since 2012 for a range of new posts and other specific initiatives relating to mental health and suicide prevention. Areas being funded this year include specialised secondary care services for children and adolescents, adults, older persons, those with an intellectual disability and a mental illness and forensic services.