Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Questions (311, 312)

Dessie Ellis

Question:

311. Deputy Dessie Ellis asked the Minister for Health the funding for each of the drugs and alcohol task forces in each of the years 2011 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24894/19]

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Dessie Ellis

Question:

312. Deputy Dessie Ellis asked the Minister for Health the estimated amount an increase of 5%, 10%, 20% and 30% in funding for each of the drugs and alcohol task forces based on current funding in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24895/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 311 and 312 together.

The Department of Health allocated funding of almost €100 million to the HSE for addiction services in 2019. The HSE National Service Plan for 2019 sets out the type and volume of addiction services to be provided, having regard to the funding allocated.

In addition, the Department provides a further €28 million to Drug and Alcohol Task Forces through various channels of funding including the HSE.

The following link outlines the estimated amount of an increase of 5%,10%, 20% and 30% in funding for drug and alcohol task forces and provide a breakdown of Task Force funding from 2011 to 2018.

In March 2019, I announced additional funding of €1 million for the implementation of 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 responses to emerging trends in substance misuse, and improving services for groups with complex needs.

Funding