Dáil Questions: Health

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This is a very important issue effecting families who cannot access services for their children as they grow older and their needs change.  The current situation is proving inadequate for so many and taking its toll on the health and well being of carers who are just not getting the support that they need and they need it now.

* To ask the Minister for Health the steps his department will take to provide the resources to the HSE to meet the demand for residential care for adults with intellectual disabilities.

Clare Daly T.D.

The National Housing Strategy for People with a Disability (NHSPWD) 2011 – 2016 was published by the now Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government in October 2011 and the associated National Implementation Framework was published in July 2012. The NHSPWD has been affirmed in the Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness and has been extended to 2020 to deliver on its aims and will continue to guide and progress policy.
At national level, my Department, DHPCLG, the HSE, the Housing Agency and the disability sector work together on an ongoing basis, in a structured framework, supported by the Housing Agency chaired Subgroup and Task Groups reporting to it.
Under the NHSPWD, policy on decongregation of institutions is a matter for the Department of Health. The HSE’s report “Time to Move on from Congregated Settings – A Strategy for Community Inclusion”,(2011) proposes a new model of support in the community by moving people from institutional settings to the community. The plan is being rolled out at a regional and local level and involves full consultation with stakeholders.
The Programme for Government contains a commitment to continue to move people with disabilities out of congregated settings, to enable them to live independently and to be included in the community. Currently, 2725 people live in congregated settings and our objective is to reduce this figure by one-third by 2021 and ultimately, to eliminate all congregated settings.