Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (1716, 1717, 1718, 1719)

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

1716. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health the current model of care and clinical pathway for persons with autism spectrum disorder employed by the HSE; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33829/19]

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Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

1717. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health if audits have been carried out by the HSE over the past three years to monitor provision of services and supports to persons living with autism spectrum disorder; if he will provide such audits which have taken place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33830/19]

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Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

1718. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health the training model provided to health professionals that are engaged to work with persons with autism spectrum disorder; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33831/19]

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Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

1719. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health the model of care for adults living with autism here; the services that exist; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33832/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1716 to 1719, inclusive, together.

The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality of opportunity and improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.

As the Deputy's question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy.