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€30m targeted at outcomes for homeless

01 Dec 2016

More than €30 million in HSE funding is used, on an annual basis, to provide targeted interventions aimed at improving health outcomes for homeless persons, who are more likely to experience health inequalities and difficulties in accessing services and present with multiple, complex health and support needs.

Additional funding of €1.7 million has been allocated from the €2 million available to the HSE in 2016, to address the mental health needs of homeless persons in the Dublin region.

This funding is being used to provide care and case management to homeless persons in a number of supported accommodation settings in Dublin city centre. In-reach GP, nursing and mental health nursing services provided to these settings had also been enhanced as a result of the additional funding, Minister of State for Communities and National Drugs Strategy Catherine Byrne said in response to Dáil questioning by Fianna Fáil Deputy John Curran.

“I am committed to ensuring that improvements in mental health and primary care services for homeless persons achieved during 2016 are sustained over the course of the Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness,” the Minister said.

“The priority for 2017 will be to ensure that the health-related needs associated with the provision of homeless accommodation and tenancies are addressed, with a view to ensuring that vulnerable homeless people have access to primary care and mental health services, where required. To this end, the HSE has been asked to provide the appropriate level of resources in the 2017 Service Plan.”

The rehabilitation needs of homeless people with addiction issues, many of whom had co-morbid mental health problems, would be addressed through the development of the new National Drugs Strategy, she said.

gary.culliton@imt.ie

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