Dáil Éireann - Volume 475 - 25 February, 1997
Written Answers. - Residential Care.
Mr. Ring Mr. Ring
99. Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Health if the Western Health Board will provide residential care for a person (details supplied) in County Galway as the family are unable to cope any longer. [4831/97]
Minister of State at the Department of Health (Mr. O'Shea) Minister of State at the Department of Health (Mr. O'Shea)
Minister of State at the Department of Health (Mr. O'Shea): The provision of services to persons with autism in the County Galway area is a matter in the first instance for the Western Health Board. I understand from the Western Health Board that the board has been working with the Brothers of Charity services to support the person concerned and his family. He is currently attending services on a daily basis.
As the Deputy is aware, additional funding of £12 million has been provided in 1997 for services to persons with a mental handicap and autism. £2 million is being used to meet identified needs in  existing services. The remaining £10 million is being used to put in place new services, including additional residential-respite places. Details of the precise services to be put in place in each health board region and the individuals who will benefit from these services will be agreed by the regional mental handicap co-ordinating committees in line with the priority needs which have been identified for each region. Details of the funding which is to be made available to each health board region for new services in 1997 will shortly be notified to the boards.
Dáil Éireann 475 Written Answers. Residential Care.