24. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Taoiseach if his Department is improving services and increasing supports for persons with disabilities during 2017. (Question 34986/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Disability Support Services Provision)

The Taoiseach: My Department supports the implementation of national policies and strategies designed to advance the lives of people with disabilities including the recently published National Disability Inclusion Strategy 2017-2021.
As Taoiseach and Head of Government, I encourage and endorse every effort to improve the services and supports for people with disabilities. 
I want everyone to reach their full potential by ensuring that everyone gets a fair chance.
The Government has already take...

1047. Deputy Frank O’Rourke asked the Minister for Health when full-time residential care will be approved for a person (details supplied);; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36255/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Disability Support Services Provision)

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 ...

1050. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health if he will provide a residential placement for a person (details supplied) who is currently residing with their grandparents and need their own supervised independence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36268/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Disability Support Services Provision)

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 ...

382. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Health the assistance available in terms of respite care, home help, speech and language therapy, medical care and toilet training for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32221/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Disability Support Services Provision)

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 ...

335. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Health if he will review the case of a person (details supplied) and make an appointment available for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder assessment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29522/17 asked on 27 Jun 2017 - Disability Support Services Provision)

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 ...

445. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Health the psychology services for adults with disabilities and autism available in County Wexford; the number of whole-time equivalent psychologists for adults with disabilities and autism currently employed in County Wexford; the number that were employed in each of the years 2010 to 2016; if the HSE in County Wexford operates a waiting list for psychology services for adults with disabilities and autism; the number of persons currently on the waiting list; and the average wait times for each of the years 2010 to 2016 and to date in 2017, in tabular form. (Question 23123/17 asked on 16 May 2017 - Disability Support Services Provision)

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 ...

462. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Health if behavioural therapy is available to children in all counties; if not, if children who have been identified as needing such therapy can have it provided in a neighbouring county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23164/17 asked on 16 May 2017 - Disability Support Services Provision)

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 ...

208. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Health his plans to introduce supports for persons in County Longford who are suffering from Parkinson’s disease. (Question 22323/17 asked on 10 May 2017 - Disability Support Services Provision)

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 ...

494. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Health if an assessment for disability home support can be expedited for a person (details supplied). (Question 22050/17 asked on 09 May 2017 - Disability Support Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): As the Deputy’s question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.
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493. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the fact that 12,000 persons are living with Parkinson’s disease here; the reason there are only five specialist nurses to deal with the condition; his plans to increase services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17571/17 asked on 11 Apr 2017 - Disability Support Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): As the Deputy’s question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.
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223. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Health if plans for the provision of a school age team for children with disabilities in Roscommon town have now been stalled due to budgetary issues in securing a lease on a premises in the county town despite the fact that negotiations were at an advanced stage and proposed plans for a 11,000 sq ft facility had been drawn up; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12305/17 asked on 08 Mar 2017 - Disability Support Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath) (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 t...

229. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Health the options available to children that have applied to the HSE for an assessment of need and that have not received their assessment within the three month period as required under the Disability Act 2005; if his attention has been drawn to the long delays for children receiving assessment of needs from early intervention teams across the country; the efforts he will make to ensure that the HSE and early intervention teams meet their obligations under the Disability Act 2005; the reason the HSE refuse to accept an assessment of need from a private practitioner in circumstances in which a delay in obtaining an assessment of need has occurred when such an assessment is accepted by the Department of Education and Skills; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12315/17 asked on 08 Mar 2017 - Disability Support Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath) (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 t...

614. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health if the HSE will make funds available for a nursing package for a school (details supplied), in view of the admission of two children with life limiting conditions this academic year 2016/2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11913/17 asked on 07 Mar 2017 - Disability Support Services Provision)

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 ...

323. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Health the policy of his Department and the HSE on the provision of home based supports to assist families meet the care needs at home of severely disabled children that are completely dependent on their parents; the supports or schemes available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9282/17 asked on 23 Feb 2017 - Disability Support Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): The Health Service Executive (HSE) provides a range of services, including home support hours to people with disabilities. In their National Service Plan for 2017, the HSE expects to deliver 2.75 million Home Support Hours to over 7,400 people with a disability. This is an increase of 150,000 hours over last year’s target.
As the Deputy’s question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred t...

328. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will be provided a date for an assessment of needs appointment under the Disability Act 2005. (Question 9299/17 asked on 23 Feb 2017 - Disability Support Services Provision)

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...

441. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health the status of plans to redevelop a training centre for persons with disabilities (details supplied) in County Donegal; when it is anticipated these plans will proceed to construction phase; when it is anticipated the centre will be ready to accept service users once again; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5768/17 asked on 07 Feb 2017 - Disability Support Services Provision)

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 ...

86. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health the reason the 2017 target for the number of personal assistant service hours to be delivered to adults with a physical and or sensory disability is less than the projected outturn for 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4663/17 asked on 01 Feb 2017 - Disability Support Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath) (Deputy Finian McGrath): The Government is committed to providing services and supports to 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 a Partnership Government, which is guided by tw...

495. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Health if he will arrange for the HSE and relevant personnel from RehabCare to meet with persons (details supplied) in respect of the immediate reinstatement of support services for their child; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39982/16 asked on 13 Dec 2016 - Disability Support Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): I propose to take Questions Nos. 495, 496 and 503 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 Partnersh...

496. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Health if he will instruct the HSE and RehabCare to reinstate support services for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39983/16 asked on 13 Dec 2016 - Disability Support Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): I propose to take Questions Nos. 495, 496 and 503 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 Partnersh...

503. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Health if he will instruct the Director General of the HSE to meet with persons (details supplied) to discuss issues relating to the supports for their child; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39998/16 asked on 13 Dec 2016 - Disability Support Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): I propose to take Questions Nos. 495, 496 and 503 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 Partnersh...

178. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health if he will ensure that a meeting to address the unacceptable level of staffing shortages at a service (details supplied) where a shortfall of 64 nursing staff and four from the multidisciplinary team is having a major detrimental effect on residents and their families. (Question 39170/16 asked on 07 Dec 2016 - Disability Support Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 178 and 241 together.
The HSE has primary responsibility under Section 22 of the Health Act 2004 in relation to the appointment of health service employees. As St Joseph’s, Portrane, is a HSE facility this encompasses the appointment of staff to posts in St Joseph’s.
I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputies directly on the staffing challenges at St. Joseph’s, including the measures being taken to address these, ...

241. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the efforts that have been made by him and his Department to improve staffing levels at St. Joseph’s Service, Portrane; if he will meet with a group (details supplied) with a view to addressing their concerns; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39137/16 asked on 07 Dec 2016 - Disability Support Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 178 and 241 together.
The HSE has primary responsibility under Section 22 of the Health Act 2004 in relation to the appointment of health service employees. As St Joseph’s, Portrane, is a HSE facility this encompasses the appointment of staff to posts in St Joseph’s.
I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputies directly on the staffing challenges at St. Joseph’s, including the measures being taken to address these, ...

280. Deputy James Lawless asked the Minister for Health the position regarding the provision of transport to a person (details supplied) and other day services for adults with learning difficulties who lose their transport once they turn 18 years of age; if he will extend this transport provision above 18 years of age; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38292/16 asked on 06 Dec 2016 - Disability Support Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): The provision of transport to adults with a disability attending HSE-funded day services is not a core health service, and the HSE endeavours to ensure that all service users access public transport, including rural transport services, if possible. In recognition of the challenges which some service users experience in relation to accessible transport, some transport is provided by disability service providers on a case by c...

3. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health the status of the implementation of the congregated settings report; the number of persons that have left congregated settings to date in 2016; the measures in place to support persons when they leave residential institutions; if his attention has been drawn to the concern among the relations of many of those persons that leave residential institutions that the support levels are insufficient; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38166/16 asked on 01 Dec 2016 - Disability Support Services Provision)

Deputy Billy Kelleher: What is the status of the implementation of the congregated settings report, the number of persons that have left congregated settings to date in 2016, the measures in place to support persons when they leave the residential institutions? Has the Minister’s attention been drawn to the concerns among the relatives of many of those persons who leave those institutions that the support levels are insufficient and will he make a statement on the matter?
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512. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Health to outline his proposals to reintroduce the mobility allowance and motorised transport grant schemes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36930/16 asked on 29 Nov 2016 - Disability Support Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): Conscious of the reports of the Ombudsman in 2011 and 2012 regarding the legal status of both the Mobility Allowance and Motorised Transport Grant Scheme in the context of the Equal Status Acts, the Government decided to close both schemes in February 2013. The Government is aware of the continuing needs of people with a disability who rely on individual payments which support choice and independence. In that regard, monthl...