CAMHS de­scribed as in­ad­e­quate for the re­gion

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

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.

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