Press Release

Minister Lynch welcomes the Sixth Annual Report of the Independent Monitoring Group on A Vision for Change

Ms Kathleen Lynch, T.D., Minister for Disability, Equality, Mental    Health and Older People, today, 17th July 2012, published the Sixth Annual    Report of the Independent Monitoring Group on A Vision for Change –     the Report of the Expert Group on Mental Health Policy.

The Report welcomes the development of the National Mental Health    Programme Plan (Clinical Programmes), the continued closure of unfit for    purpose facilities in favour of modern community based approaches, the    decision to develop a new Forensic Mental Health Service and the many    local and regional initiatives being developed in line with A Vision for    Change.

However, the Monitoring Group also reported that the implementation of     A Vision for Change to date including 2011 has been slow and    inconsistent and recommends the establishment of National Mental Health    Service Directorate and the development of a comprehensive, time-lined and    costed Implementation Plan. In addition, the Report pays particular    attention to the issue of recovery and calls for the prioritisation of the    development of recovery-orientated practice in our mental health    services.

The Minister welcomed the findings and recommendations in the    Monitoring Group Report and said A Vision for Change has    been accepted by Government as the basis for the future development of our    mental health services. The process of change is challenging and may not    be happening as quickly as we would have intended, however, I am confident    that the additional €35m provided this year for mental health will    significantly improve our community mental health services in line with    the recommendations of A Vision for Change and will result in significant    benefits to service users, their families, carers and the community. I    welcome this Report which, together with the Report earlier this year of    the Inspector of Mental Health Services, will help to drive change in the    mental health services.”

The Minister also acknowledged the important work and commitment of the    Independent Monitoring Group in monitoring developments and producing its    Reports over the past three years.

Read the Report