Thursday, 17 December 2020
Department of Health
Disability Support Services
522. To ask the Minister for Health the status of discussions and or meetings and or correspondence he has had with an organisation (details supplied) with regards to its announcement that it will be withdrawing from its disability and mental health services in 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44222/20]
As the Deputy will be aware, St John of God Community Services recently served the HSE with 12 months’ notice of its intention to terminate the provision of services under Section 38 of the Health Act 2004 with a view to transferring responsibility of disability and mental health services and supports to the state by 1 October 2021.
The primary concern of the Government at this time is to ensure the continuity of supports and services provided by St John of God Community Services for people with disabilities, those with mental health issues and their families.
The HSE has been engaging with St John of God Community Service in relation to their decision to terminate provision of services. Both parties are committed to continuing engagement and I would encourage the organisations concerned to work collaboratively together in the period ahead to ensure stability and continuity of service provision for those who rely on these vital services.
As the Deputy's question deals with services funded by the HSE, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy as soon as possible.