Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Thursday, 17 November 2022
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Disability Matters
Disability, Mental Health and Ageing: Engagement with Minister of State at the Department of Health
Mary Butler (Waterford, Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source
The new policy we work off does. Everybody welcomed that. The Deputy is correct; people can present with mental health illness but that might be masked by addiction to drugs or alcohol. Previously, that was perhaps a reason that mental health issues could not be addressed. That is no longer the way. We are building on that but it takes time. We started, as Dr. Dodd said, with some pilot schemes. It is an area that is hugely important because we are seeing massive addiction issues across all of society.