Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Health

Mental Health Services

Photo of Seán SherlockSeán Sherlock (Cork East, Labour)
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656. To ask the Minister for Health if emergency funding will be allocated to ensure the continuation of services at an organisation (details supplied) and other bodies in the area of mental health. [5726/20]

Photo of Jim DalyJim Daly (Cork South West, Fine Gael)
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In addition to the continuation of the existing HSE funding of €2.03m per year, the HSE and Pieta House have now formally agreed to additional funding of €114, 608 per month, equivalent to €343,824 per quarter once the current Government staffing cost schemes, of which Pieta House is availing, have ceased.

The HSE has committed to provide cash flow support on a monthly basis, with the position to be reviewed after each quarter. The funding is being provided to fund an additional 300 hours of high-risk clients and the quarterly review will ensure that any client who commences a programme of support can have reasonable assurance of its completion. The cash flow support is also contingent on continuation of the process of engagement with the HSE to work towards creating a more sustainable funding model for the organisation.

This arrangement will provide necessary support to Pieta as it, and the HSE, continue to work together.

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