Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (519)

Niamh Smyth

Question:

519. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Health if he will review correspondence (details supplied); if his attention has been drawn to the valuable supports being provided on the ground; if funding to the service will be increased; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44561/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The correspondence provided by the Deputy identifies two key issues:

- Delays in the transfer of funding from the HSE.

- Communication difficulties between the HSE and the North Eastern Regional Drugs and Alcohol Task Force.

Officials in my Department have requested a report from the HSE in relation to these issues. The Deputy is advised that the Department of Health is providing an additional €190,000 over a three year period (2019-2022) for Young People's Substance Use Support Services in Cavan and Monaghan. This strategic health initiative will improve access to health services for young people whose lives are affected by problematic use alcohol and substance use in the two counties. I would encourage the organisation referred to by the Deputy to engage with the North Eastern Regional Drugs and Alcohol Task Force and the HSE as to how it can participate in the Young People's Substance Use Support Services.