Mental Health Teams

To ask the Minister for Health and Children the number of multidisciplinary community based mental health teams that provide mental health services to children and adolescents under the age of 18 established to date; and if she will make a statement on the matter. – Dan Neville

For WRITTEN answer on Wednesday, 27th October, 2010.

REPLY.

The Report of the Expert Group on Mental Health Policy, ‘A Vision for Change’, estimates that three hundred and thirty-two community mental health teams are required to deliver the proposed community-based mental health service. Seventy-eight of these teams relate to child and adolescent community mental health services and twenty-seven are for child and adolescent specialist services. There are currently fifty-five child and adolescent mental health teams in place and a further eight teams are in development. At the end of 2009 there were one hundred and twenty-four adult community mental health teams.

The specific question relating to vacancies in community based mental health teams is a service matter and accordingly, has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.