Mental Health Investment in Budget 2019
Mental Health Reform shared their Pre- Budget 2019 Submission with the Government which you can read here.
Mental Health Reform are calling on the Government to end the decades of neglect of mental healthcare by investing in mental health in Budget 2019.
Overview of Mental Health Reform's Budget 2019 Submission
Investment of at least €105M is needed in mental health services in 2019.
The Government needs to address the existing service needs and invest in new services to improve mental healthcare. The Government need to do this if they are to meet their commitments under A Vision for Change, Sláintecare and the Confidence and Supply Arrangement with Fianna Fáil.
If investment of €105M is not made, the gap will be bigger next year, and the year after that. The cost of unmet mental health need will not only be seen in the mental health sector but will be felt across all sections of public services including income benefits, education, physical health, housing, the criminal justice and so on. Increasing spending on mental health services is not a cost, it is an investment.
So far, the Government has committed to invest €55M for new service developments in mental health in 2019 but this will not be enough. The also Government needs to address the existing service needs to improve mental healthcare by investing an additional €50M.
Recommended spend of €105M investment
- Building staff levels to ensure all service users have timely access to mental healthcare
- Develop 7 days a week, community based, crisis mental health services for children and adolescents
- Increase capacity in the Counselling in Primary Care service
- Invest in primary care psychology services
- Increase the capacity of national advocacy services for children, adolescents and adults in hospital and in the community
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