Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Future of Mental Health Care

Mental Health Services in Prisons and Detention Centres: Discussion

1:40 pm

Photo of Tom NevilleTom Neville (Limerick County, Fine Gael)
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I thank the witnesses for coming in today. I welcome their submissions. They made a number of testimonies. We will touch on different issues. My first question is to Ms Malone. She mentioned links back to the community after prison. Will she flesh out her ideas on that? What does she feel could work?

Professor Kennedy mentioned A Vision for Change and how he felt it was out of date. He said he felt a new A Vision for Change was required as opposed to a revision of the old one. Has he been in consultation with the revision group or groups? Has any consultation taken place? Has there been an initiation of communication or anything like that? He spoke about contributory experts as opposed to expert advisers. Could he provide more clarification on that? He said the HSE was working with more expert advisers as opposed to direct contributory experts. What would be the best formula for how that would be implemented or changed or how it could be done within the HSE? He spoke about local adult intensive care psychiatric units and the provision for those. Professor Kennedy's contribution was quite lengthy. He mentioned that parts of A Vision for Change regarding severe mental health conditions had been implemented. I want clarification on that. Is that what Professor Kennedy said? With regard to intensive care psychiatric units, he mentioned they should be more community based. Could I have clarification on that?