Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (605)

Tony McLoughlin

Question:

605. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Health his plans to roll out new localised grant funding schemes through Pobal aimed at tackling and preventing drug and alcohol addiction in local communities which can and will operate and develop outside the governance of the local or regional drug and alcohol task forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44901/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Task forces play a central role in the delivery of the national drugs strategy at local level, with funding of €28 million per annum. The task forces ensure that a coordinated approach is taken across the statutory, community and voluntary sectors and that the voice of service users is heard in developing measures to address substance misuse priorities in their areas based on locally identified need.

There are no plans under consideration by the Department of Health to roll out grant funding schemes to tackle and prevent drug and alcohol addiction outside the governance of either task forces or the HSE.

Question No. 606 answered with Question No. 424.