Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (595)

Joan Burton


595. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Health when negotiations will conclude with the Departments of Children and Youth Affairs, Education and Skills and the Taoiseach concerning the youth mental health pathfinder initiative; when approval to launch same will be granted; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18415/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The proposal to establish a cross-governmental youth mental health Pathfinder team with participation from the Department of Health, the Department of Education & Skills and the Department of Children & Youth Affairs has Civil Service Management Board and Ministerial approval.

The proposal is to formalise a new model for collaborative working within Government on a statutory footing by utilising section 12 of the Public Service Management Act 1997 . This section of the 1997 Act has never been used before. Various administrative, budgetary, governance and legal arrangements need to be put in place to ensure a robust and workable model for Pathfinder.

The Department of Health has engaged extensively with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, and as a result the participating Departments are considering a number of implementation options that address the above issues.

I am due to meet with Minister Donohoe and his officials on the 29th of this month, I hope to make substantial progress on the matter in the coming months.