Dáil Éireann - Volume 654 - 15 May, 2008
Written Answers. - Services for People with Disabilities.
Deputy Olwyn Enright Deputy Olwyn Enright
Deputy Olwyn Enright asked the Minister for Health and Children the services available for a person (details supplied) in County Offaly who is leaving school at the end of May 2008;  if this person will receive a five day placement in June 2008 as initially advised by the Health Service Executive; if the psychologist report and the occupational guidance councillor report has been given full consideration in assessing the placement for this person; if her attention has been drawn to the fact that this person has been prepared for adjustment for quite some time and that any change would be detrimental to this person to regress; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19188/08]
Deputy Mary Harney Deputy Mary Harney
Deputy Mary Harney: As part of the Multi-Annual Investment Programme 2006-2009 under the Disability Strategy, the Government provided the Health Service Executive with an additional €75m in both 2006 and 2007. This funding included monies to provide new and enhanced services for people with disabilities, to implement Part 2 of the Disability Act 2005, which came into effect on June 1st 2007 for the under 5’s and also for the continuation of the implementation of the transfer of persons with intellectual disability from psychiatric hospitals and other inappropriate placements.
The Government is also honouring its promise in relation to the Multi-Annual Investment Programme for people with disabilities, with a further €50m investment which was announced in the 2008 Budget.
The Deputy’s specific question relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly, my Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have this matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.
Dáil Éireann 654 Written Answers. Services for People with Disabilities.