CAMHS described as inadequate for the region
DEPUTY Martin Kenny has described the Governments treatment of mental health services and in particular child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) as completely inadequate for the region.
Deputy Kenny said;
“In 2006 the government published an expert mental health report called A Vision For Change which mapped out the future of mental health care and service provision.
“Figures recently released by the HSE in answer to parliamentary question by my colleague
Louise O’Reilly show that CAMHS have only 57% of the staff necessary under the A Vision For Change.
“The figures also show there are 10 va- cant full-time, or whole-time equivalent, CAMHS posts across our CHO of Sligo/ Leitrim.
“At the end of October 2018 there were 240 children and young people waiting access to CAMHS service in the Sligo Leitrim region.
“The reason there is such a backlog for access to these services is that CAMHS is not been adequately funded and the area is suffering from the government’s inability to address the recruitment and retention crisis.
“This current situation is unacceptable, we cannot approach every year in the same vain by paying lip service to mental health services and then not properly funding or staffing them.
“In 2019 there needs to be increased and targeted investment from this government to help ease waiting lists for access to CAHMS services.
Deputy Martin Kenny. Pic: Tom Burke.