207. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Health the number of children under 18 years of age awaiting an assessment of need under early intervention in County Cork; the waiting time before assessments will be carried out; and the number of staff needed to ensure that all assessments are carried out. (Question 7889/18 asked on 15 Feb 2018 - Disabilities Assessments)

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 ...

213. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Health if he will report on the case of a person (details supplied) who is awaiting an assessment of needs. (Question 7908/18 asked on 15 Feb 2018 - Disabilities Assessments)

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 ...

164. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Health if there have been changes to the assessment of needs process with regard to the provision of specific diagnosis (details supplied). (Question 7611/18 asked on 14 Feb 2018 - Disabilities Assessments)

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 ...

360. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health the status of an appointment for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6859/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Disabilities Assessments)

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 o...

436. Deputy Seamus Healy asked the Minister for Health the position regarding an application for an assessment of needs for a person (details supplied) at HSE south Tipperary; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7311/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Disabilities Assessments)

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 ...

452. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Health when an assessment will be scheduled for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7434/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Disabilities Assessments)

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 ...

17. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Health if the HSE’s waiting times for assessment of need for children will be addressed. (Question 6260/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Disabilities Assessments)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The current Programme for Partnership Government commits to improving services and increasing supports for people with disabilities, particularly in the areas of early assessment and intervention for children with special needs. 
Since the commencement of Part 2 of the Disability Act in June 2007 the HSE has endeavoured to meet its legislative requirements as set out in the Act. The number of applications received for assessment under the Act has incre...

94. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Health if it is policy not to adjust the start time on waiting lists for treatment by the school age team should an appeal find that the child’s original needs assessment shows that the child is in need of treatment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6276/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Disabilities Assessments)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): The HSE is currently engaged in a reconfiguration of existing therapy resources to geographic based teams for children (0-18 years). The objective of the new model of assessment and intervention is to provide one clear referral pathway for all children (0-18s), irrespective of their disability, where they live or the school they attend. A total of 56 Children’s Network Disability Teams are currently in place with a further ...

212. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Health if the HSE’s waiting times for assessment of need for children will be addressed. (Question 6266/18 asked on 07 Feb 2018 - Disabilities Assessments)

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 ...

371. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Health if an appointment for a person (details supplied) will be expedited; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4032/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Disabilities Assessments)

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 ...

823. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Health the timeframe for an assessment of need for a person (details supplied). (Question 54963/17 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Disabilities Assessments)

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 ...

892. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 336 of 28 November 2017, the reason a person (details supplied) is only on the HSE’s assessment of need waiting list since 13 June 2017 even though the HSE acknowledged the application for an assessment of need by the person’s parents in October 2016. (Question 55170/17 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Disabilities Assessments)

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 ...

351. Deputy Bobby Aylward asked the Minister for Health his views on the significant number of parents of children with special needs that have had to take cases to the High Court due to failure in the provision of assessments of need by the Health Service Executive; his plans to alleviate the waiting lists for assessments of need for children with special needs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53084/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Disabilities Assessments)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): This is an ongoing legal process and I do not wish to comment on the matter until these proceedings have been completed.
I have arranged for the Deputy’s question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy.
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293. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Health the analysis which has been made by HSE north lee, south lee and north Cork of the numbers of those awaiting assessment under the assessment of need provisions of the Disability Act 2005; the assessment officer staffing capacity processes; and if outstanding assessments of need will be expedited before the end of the fourth quarter of 2017. (Question 43495/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Disabilities Assessments)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): I propose to take Questions Nos. 293 to 295, inclusive, together.
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 Pa...

294. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Health the proposals he has considered from an organisation (details supplied) as service providers for disability services in its attempts to resolve the matter of growing waiting lists for assessment of need requests under the Disability Act 2005. (Question 43496/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Disabilities Assessments)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): I propose to take Questions Nos. 293 to 295, inclusive, together.
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 Pa...

295. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Health if he has been advised by an organisation (details supplied) as to its incapacity to carry out assessments of need and of legal and statutory obligations on the part of the HSE in respect of delays in carrying out such assessments under the Disability Act 2005; and if so, the measures which will be taken to alleviate this issue. (Question 43497/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Disabilities Assessments)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): I propose to take Questions Nos. 293 to 295, inclusive, together.
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 Pa...

337. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Health the average waiting times to begin and complete, respectively, an assessment of need under the Disability Act 2005 after the date of application in each county in each of the years 2007 to 2016 and to date in 2017, in tabular form; and the number of whole-time equivalent assessment officers employed in each of the years since 2007 in each county, in tabular form. (Question 43644/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Disabilities Assessments)

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 ...

46. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Health the way in which it is proposed to reduce the number of overdue assessments of need under the Disability Act 2005 in the Dublin north local health area. (Question 40982/17 asked on 28 Sep 2017 - Disabilities Assessments)

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 ...

144. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Health the way in which it is proposed to reduce the number of overdue assessments of need under the Disability Act 2005 in the Dublin west and Dublin south west local health areas. (Question 40966/17 asked on 28 Sep 2017 - Disabilities Assessments)

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 ...

159. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Health the status of an assessment for a person (details supplied) in County Cork. (Question 41044/17 asked on 28 Sep 2017 - Disabilities Assessments)

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 ...

395. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will be given an appointment for an assessment of need; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39179/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Disabilities Assessments)

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 ...

872. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health if he will expedite an ASD tools assessment for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35609/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Disabilities Assessments)

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 ...

1116. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Health the number of children awaiting an assessment of need beyond the time periods permitted by the Disability Act 2005 in Galway city and county; the length of time they have been waiting, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36585/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Disabilities Assessments)

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 ...

776. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Health the number of assessments of children with possible special needs which are currently outstanding beyond the time periods permitted by the Disability Act 2005 in Cork city and county. (Question 34289/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Disabilities Assessments)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): I propose to take Questions Nos. 776 and 777 together.
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 G...

777. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Health the number of applications received by the HSE in respect of children with possible special needs in the Cork South Lee area in the 12 months beginning January 2015; and the number of same which were completed with the statutory time limits set down by the Disability Act 2005. (Question 34290/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Disabilities Assessments)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): I propose to take Questions Nos. 776 and 777 together.
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 G...