850. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the status of the introduction of children disability teams under the progressing children disability services report; if managers have been appointed to advance this project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15753/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality ...

852. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the additional staffing resources that will be provided at a facility (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15755/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality ...

152. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the lack of funding for premises and transport for the provision of places at training centres in 2018 for second level students graduating from a service (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10257/18 asked on 28 Feb 2018 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives.  This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality ...

446. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the number of staff required to clear the early intervention backlog in CHO area 9; the estimated cost to employ these staff; the meetings he has had with HSE regarding this matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9602/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality ...

318. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the number of children waiting for an intake assessment to the north Dublin early intervention team; the number of children waiting more than a year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2804/18 asked on 23 Jan 2018 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality ...

978. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the number of additional posts by job title recruited and appointed in 2015, 2016 and 2017 for the development of the DeafHear national services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35971/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality ...

993. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 401 of 16 May 2017, the number of children’s disability network teams in community health care organisation, CHO, area 9; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36069/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality ...

1101. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 494 of 30 May 2017, if he will meet with the group personally; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26868/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): I met with representatives from St. Joseph’s Association Parents and Friends on 26th April last and I will be meeting with the group again on 29th June when I visit St. Ita’s, Portrane.
I trust this clarifies the position for the Deputy.
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494. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health if he will meet representatives from a group (detail supplied) regarding the staffing and transport crisis at an association; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25914/17 asked on 30 May 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality ...

401. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the number of children’s disability network teams currently in CHO area 9; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 22936/17 asked on 16 May 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality ...

749. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the further measures he is taking to ensure the safety of vulnerable children and adults in the care of the State in day care settings and residential; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12935/17 asked on 21 Mar 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): The safety and protection of vulnerable people in the care of the State is a priority for the Government. A number of important steps have been taken in recent years to strengthen the protection afforded to vulnerable children and adults in the State’s day care and residential care settings. Some of these measures, such as the establishment in early 2014 of the Child and Family Agency, TUSLA, for example, are outside the r...

1279. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health if he will report on the social care disability service plan for 2017 and indicate the levels of proposed residential and day places in 2017 compared to 2015 and 2016; the level of day and night respite supports proposed for 2017 compared to 2015 and 2016; the levels of proposed residential emergency places in 2017 compared to 2015 and 2016; the levels of home supports and respite for emergency cases proposed for 2017 compared to 2015 and 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1527/17 asked on 17 Jan 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health Deputy Finian McGrath: The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality of o...

35. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the measures he is taking to address the deficits in the legislative powers given to the HSE in the 2007 Health Act in protecting vulnerable adults in different settings as outlined by the chief executive of HIQA recently; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37946/16 asked on 01 Dec 2016 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): A National Safeguarding Committee was established in December 2015 with the overarching remit to support the development of a societal and organisational culture which promotes the rights of persons who may be vulnerable and safeguard them from abuse. It is a multi-agency and inter-sectoral body with an independent chair and will publish its Strategic Plan 2017 – 2021 on 20 December 2016. This plan includes the strategic obje...

225. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Social Protection if he has examined the service provision of the WALK PEER project in County Louth regarding the comprehensive employment strategy for people with disabilities; if this model of service provision could be replicated in other counties; if he will make the necessary funds available to such a project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23160/16 asked on 20 Jul 2016 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection (Deputy Finian McGrath): The Providing Equal Employment Routes (PEER) project was one of 14 disability activation projects (DACT), in the Border, Midlands & West region, jointly funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Department of Social Protection (DSP), from the end of 2012 to April 2015. The project was delivered by the Walkinstown Association for People with an Intellectual Disability (WALK). 
The objective of the DACT progr...

54. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health when he will provide full local day services for young school leavers on the autistim spectrum disorder who graduated in 2015 and are due to graduate in 2016 in Dublin Bay North and Fingal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13677/16 asked on 02 Jun 2016 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. The commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality o...

490. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Social Protection if persons receiving disability allowance have access to Intreo services while receiving this type of social protection payment; the number of persons, if any, who switched from receiving a disability allowance payment to a jobseeker’s payment in order to avail of Intreo services in 2014, 2015 and to date in 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13379/16 asked on 31 May 2016 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): This Government recognises the importance of increasing participation in employment for persons with a disability and is committed to removing any barriers that remain, which prevent those persons with a disability from participating in employment. To this end, a key objective in Pathways to Work 2016-2020 is to progressively extend and intensify the pro-active engagement approach at Intreo Centres to people with disabilities. Currently, pe...

106. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the resources she will allocate to the comprehensive employment strategy for people with disabilities; the timeframe for its implementation; if she will use the €10 million European Social Fund funding for the programme for employment inclusion and learning to develop programmes across Departments to resource the strategy; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9517/16 asked on 17 May 2016 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 95 and 106 together.
The Comprehensive Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities, which was launched on Friday 2 October 2015, sets out a ten-year approach to ensuring that people with disabilities who are able to, and want to, work are supported and enabled to do so. People with disabilities are only half as likely to be in employment as others of working age. The reasons for th...

514. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health his plans to restore the cutbacks to services and supports for persons with disabilities following the end of austerity economic policies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5890/16 asked on 06 Apr 2016 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The Government continues to be committed to facilitating the full inclusion of people with disabilities in the life of the community through access to individualised personal social supports and services. This year the Government will provide €1.56 billion for health-funded services and supports to enable each individual with a disability to achieve their full potential and maximise their independence. The quantum of service to be provided, together w...

284. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health if he has provided key additional funding and resources for disability services in 2016; if he has estimated the cost of the additional essential resources requested by disability advocacy groups in the run up to budget 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3845/16 asked on 28 Jan 2016 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): In the run up to Budget 2016, the Department of Health received a number of submissions from various organisations representing people with disabilities for additional funding. 
Arising from the budgetary process, funding of €1.56 billion was allocated to the Disability Services Programme in 2016. The quantum of service to be provided with that funding, and the key service deliverables and priorities for the Disability Servic...

695. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the cost of providing an additional 130,000 personal assistant hours; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1442/16 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): The Health Service Executive is committed to protecting the level of Personal Assistant (PA) services available to people with disabilities. In their 2016 National Service Plan, the HSE’s priority it to provide 1.3 million hours of personal assistance to more than 2,000 people with a disability. This is the same activity level that was funded in 2014 and 2015. The HSE has confirmed that in excess of €30 million is spent an...

157. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health if he is liaising with the Health Service Executive, the Minister for Finance and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform to address the urgently needed provision of 500,000 additional personal assistant hours for citizens with disabilities in budget 2016, given that the projected €45 million cost over three years would be greatly offset by freeing up bed space in hospitals and care institutions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33649/15 asked on 01 Oct 2015 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): I propose to take Questions Nos. 157 and 182 together.
Work is currently underway in the Department of Health in relation to the preparation of budget estimates for 2016. As part of this process, the Health Service Executive (HSE) has submitted an estimate of its proposed expenditure for 2016, including health and personal social services for people with a disability. As discussions on budgetary issues are ongoing within th...

346. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the delay for funding for a wheelchair in respect of a person (details supplied); the reason a person with a disability, requiring a wheelchair would be expected to wait for more than one year for the wheelchair; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 27247/15 asked on 07 Jul 2015 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): As the Deputy’s question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy. If the Deputy has not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days, he can contact my Private Office and they will follow the matter up with the HSE.
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347. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health if he will provide, in tabular form, the number of persons awaiting wheelchairs for more than three months, six months, nine months, 12 months, and 18 months, in the years 2013 and 2014 and in 2015 to date; the reasons for these waiting times; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 27248/15 asked on 07 Jul 2015 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): As the Deputy’s question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy. If the Deputy has not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days, he can contact my Private Office and they will follow the matter up with the HSE.
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389. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health if he will report on funding allocated to a service (details supplied) in the years 2012 to 2014 and in 2015 to date; if further moneys will be allocated to meet the demand for services; if he will consider proposals from families and carers affected to increase funding allocation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 27464/15 asked on 07 Jul 2015 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): The Government is committed to protecting frontline health and personal social services needs for people with disabilities. The Government currently provides funding of approximately €1.5 billion to the Disability Services Programme through the Health Service Executive’s National Service Plan for 2015. 
The HSE works with voluntary disability service providers to ensure that available resources are used in order to be respons...

649. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the number of clients accessing services for adults with intellectual disabilities in 2015; if there are waiting lists for these services and, if so, the number of persons on these waiting lists; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23801/15 asked on 16 Jun 2015 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): In relation to the specific queries raised by the Deputy, as these are service issues, they have been referred to the HSE for direct reply. If the Deputy has not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days, he can contact my Private Office and they will follow up the matter with the HSE.
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