Written answers

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Department of Health

Mental Health Services Provision

Photo of Brendan GriffinBrendan Griffin (Kerry South, Fine Gael)
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548. To ask the Minister for Health his plans for mental health service improvement for young persons and third level students; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28326/14]

Photo of Kathleen LynchKathleen Lynch (Cork North Central, Labour)
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The Government has prioritised reform of all aspects of our mental health services in line with A Vision for Change, including additional and improved quality care for young people in both residential and community based settings.Total HSE Mental Health funding in 2014 is significant at around €766m. In this context, additional funding of €90 million, and around 1,100 new posts, has been provided over the last three Budgets. The range of new service initiatives is designed to cover positive mental health for all age groups, including access to services for young people and third level students. These services are provided by the HSE, in partnership with other statutory and non-statutory agencies.

As services are provided on a specific and regional or local basis, I have referred the Deputy’s question to the Executive in respect of the detailed information sought.


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