Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Questions (669, 670, 671)

John Curran

Question:

669. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Health the additional funding being allocated to task forces in 2019 for each local and regional drugs and alcohol task force, in tabular form; the purpose of the additional funding; if this is one-off funding; if it is proposed to become core annual funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24141/19]

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John Curran

Question:

670. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Health the funding being allocated as core funding to each local and regional drugs and alcohol task force for 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24142/19]

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John Curran

Question:

671. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Health if further funding is to be allocated to drugs and alcohol local and regional task forces; the purpose and amount of additional funding; the timing and criteria for its allocation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24143/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 669 to 671, inclusive, together.

Drug and Alcohol Task Forces will be allocated in the region of €28 million in funding for 2019. A table outlining the core funding allocated to Drug and Alcohol Task Forces in 2019 is attached.

On 6th March 2019, I announced additional funding of €1 million for the implementation of the National Drugs Strategy; "Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery". This funding, which will be provided on a recurring, multi-annual basis, will address the priorities set down in the Strategy including early harm reduction responses, emerging trends in substance misuse, and improving services for at-risk groups.

Following consideration of the outcome of a consultation process with Task Forces and the HSE, I approved a three-strand funding model for this additional funding. Task Forces were notified of this funding model on 18 May.

Strand 1 of the funding model will allocate €20,000 to each Task Force in 2019. In addition, €10,000 will be provided on a recurring annual basis from 2020 onwards and will increase core funding by that amount. This additional funding can be used to enhance local drug and alcohol services.

Strand 2 will fund 12 strategic health initiatives on a regional basis, for a total of €190,000 over three years, with €40,000 in 2019, €60,000 in 2020 and 2021, and €30,000 in 2022 (on a half-year basis).

Task Forces and CHOs will be required to work together to develop proposals for funding. There will be a minimum of one strategic initiative per CHO. Two strategic initiatives will be funded in CHOs 7 and 9 where there are multiple Task Forces. The remaining initiative will be allocated to the next best quality application. The selection of the strategic initiatives will be based on a number of guiding principles, with a particular focus on actions which address emerging trends and patterns of drug use and improve drug and alcohol services for people with complex needs.

Strand 3 will provide funding for a national awareness campaign on the drug-related violence and intimidation reporting programme. The total allocation will be €140,000 over three years (€40,000 in 2019, 2020 and 2021, and €20,000 for six months activity in 2022).

A breakdown of the overall allocation of additional expenditure for the period 2019- 2022 is also attached.

The additional funding reflects the Government's commitment to implementing an integrated public health response to substance misuse. I look forward to working in partnership with task forces, CHOs and other organisations to achieve the maximum impact from the additional resources.

Core funding allocated to Drug and Alcohol Task forces in 2019

Base allocation 201

Base allocation 2019

LDATF

DOH

HSE

Total

Additional funding allocated in 2019

Revised base allocation

Ballyfermot

€255,446

€1,231,286

€1,486,732

€20,000

€1,506,732

Ballymun

€422,958

€697,957

€1,120,915

€20,000

€1,140,915

Blanchardstown

€179,305

€913,589

€1,092,894

€20,000

€1,112,894

Bray

€573,860

€916,271

€1,490,131

€20,000

€1,510,131

Canal Communities

€338,605

€1,141,309

€1,479,914

€20,000

€1,499,914

Clondalkin

€388,114

€1,007,948

€1,396,062

€20,000

€1,416,062

Cork

€411,988

€1,108,299

€1,520,287

€20,000

€1,540,287

Dublin 12

€70,397

€993,750

€1,064,147

€20,000

€1,084,147

Dublin NE

€239,971

€777,116

€1,017,087

€20,000

€1,037,087

Dun Laoghaire

€94,676

€786,755

€881,431

€20,000

€901,431

Finglas Cabra

€263,277

€627,960

€891,237

€20,000

€911,237

NIC

€394,856

€1,834,723

€2,229,579

€20,000

€2,249,579

SIC

€176,043

€1,868,014

€2,044,057

€20,000

€2,064,057

Tallaght

€336,022

€898,930

€1,234,952

€20,000

€1,254,952

Total LDATF

€4,145,518

€14,803,907

€18,949,425

€280,000

€19,229,425

RDATF

2018 DOH

2018 HSE

Total

Aditional core funding 2019

Revised base allocation

East Coast Area

€58,200

€508,500

€566,700

€20,000

€586,700

Midland

€136,816

€662,491

€799,307

€20,000

€819,307

Mid-West

€147,982

€1,260,007

€1,407,989

€20,000

€1,427,989

North East

€0

€927,813

€927,813

€20,000

€947,813

North West

€258,633

€461,730

€720,363

€20,000

€740,363

North Dublin City & Co.

€266,245

€511,019

€777,264

€20,000

€797,264

South East

€0

€1,065,760

€1,065,760

€20,000

€1,085,760

South West

€102,820

€696,497

€799,317

€20,000

€819,317

Southern

€0

€973,178

€973,178

€20,000

€993,178

Western

€136,994

€524,155

€661,149

€20,000

€681,149

Total RDATF

€1,107,690

€7,591,150

€8,698,840

€200,000

€8,898,840

Overall Total

€27,648,265

€480,000

€28,128,265

Allocation of additional expenditure for the period 2019-2022

Strand

Purpose

2019

2020

2021

2022

Cumulative funding

1*

Local service enhancement (Drugs and Alcohol Task Forces x 24)

€20,000

€10,000

€10,000

€10,000

€50,000

2

Strategic health initiatives at CHO level (combination of Task Forces & HSE x 12)

€40,000

€60,000

€60,000

€30,000

€190,000

3

National awareness campaign on drug-related violence and intimidation

€40,000

€40,000

€40,000

€20,000

€140,000

*Strand 1 allocation of €10,000 per Task Force is recurring funding and will continue beyond 2022