Written answers

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Department of Health

Mental Health Services Provision

Photo of Pat BuckleyPat Buckley (Cork East, Sinn Fein)
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192. To ask the Minister for Health the progress in developing a pathway to the development of a 24/7 crisis intervention model. [41142/17]

Photo of Jim DalyJim Daly (Cork South West, Fine Gael)
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The HSE is currently providing a 24-hour service through its Acute Units located in General Hospitals for people requiring urgent mental health assessment and treatment . Work is ongoing to expand upon the services available in the community to ensure a 7-day a week service.

Based on an extensive data collection process, areas have been identified that would require additional resources to achieve 7/7 cover. Engagement with local management teams has commenced in order to achieve implementation of seven-over-seven by the end of 2017. The HSE Mental Health Division is establishing an evidence informed model including detailed clinical, governance, training, and performance measurement structures for the operation of a 24/7 service. Through engagement with local CHO management teams, a working group has been established capturing the views of those from across the service pertaining to what form these extended services should take. Building on the development of 7/7 services, these views will then be presented to management for consideration and implementation. The HSE Mental Health Division have not yet completed a costing model in respect of the 24/7 service.


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