The HSE National Service Plan commits to €30.5m additional spending on Disability Services in 2020. While this is very welcome additional funding
it will see some services expand at a reduced level on 2019 which is disappointing.
It is most welcome to see a commitment to develop mental health ID services as this vital service has been severely under-resourced. Many families are struggling
to cope with children with the most complex needs in the home so it it good to see a new HSE development to address this need in 2020.
- The HSE commits to fully implement Progressing Disability Services. This has been a failed target for the past 4 years.
- Reduce assessment of need waiting lists (by having recruitment sanctioned in 2019 in place).
- A new Standard Operating Procedure for assessments of needs will be introduced as of January 1st.
- The aim is to move 132 people from congregated settings. This is a reduction of almost 20% on 2019 target of 160.
- 144 intensive home support packages will be available to families of children with complex support needs. This
includes addition access to respite, in home supports and behavioural supports.
- 56 new emergency residential places. This is a reduction on the 90 places in 2019 and an absolute lack of
any planning for the future needs of people with intellectual disabilities.
- 1600 school leaver and RT leaver day service places.
- Develop Mental Health Intellectual Disability Services for children and adults. This is a welcome development as these are the poorest resourced of
all mental health services at present.
- 40,000 additional personal assistance hours.
- €2m for an autism awareness campaign for parents and also community services.
- The additional €30.5m extra disability services spend is as follows: €12.5 school and RT leaver day services; €2m autism awareness;
€6 assessment of needs; €5m emergency residential; €5m respite services.