Thursday, 17 December 2020
Department of Health
Drug and Alcohol Task Forces
593. To ask the Minister for Health if increased funding will be made available in 2021 to the drug task forces in view of the increased demand for services in this area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44463/20]
Budget 2021 allocated €10m in new developments for drug and alcohol services and inclusion health. This includes €1 million for targeted drug and alcohol initiatives through the network of drug and alcohol task forces. This new funding is separate to that previously allocated in 2019.
It is my intention that the new resources should be directed towards new and emerging needs, informed by the mid-term review of actions in the national drugs strategy, and delivered in conjunction with drug and alcohol task forces. I will announce details of the new funding in due course.