Tuesday, 2 February 2016
Department of Health
Child and Family Agency Services
351. To ask the Minister for Health the status of a service (details supplied) in Dublin 13; the reason that the Special Needs Programme was withdrawn; the reason the funding for a clinical director was withdrawn; and when grant funding from TÚSLA - Child and Family Agency for a counselling service will be restored [4177/16]
The particular issues raised by the Deputy in terms of the Health Service Executive's funding of a special needs programme and counselling service are operational matters for the HSE and I have arranged for the question to be referred to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office and they will follow up the matter with them.
In terms of grant funding from the Child and Family Agency, Tusla, for the counselling service in question, it should be noted that Tusla falls within the remit of my colleague the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. I am advised that the service received funding of €49,600 from Tusla in 2015 and will shortly be invited by Tusla to apply for 2016 funding. I understand, in this context, that Tusla will be organising a meeting with the service in the near future to discuss the appointment of a new Manager.