Press Release

Minister Moloney welcomes Second Annual Report of the Independent Monitoring Group on “A Vision for Change”

Mr John Moloney, T.D, Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children with responsibility for disability and mental health today (27th June 2008) welcomed the Second Annual Report of the Independent Monitoring Group on “A Vision for Change” – the Report of the Expert Group on Mental Health Policy. The Independent Monitoring Group was established in March 2006 to monitor and assess progress on the implementation of “A Vision for Change”.

The Minister said“A Vision for Change has been accepted by Government as the basis for the future development of our mental health services. I recognise that much work needs to be done and I look forward to seeing increased progress this year and in subsequent years. I welcome the HSE Implementation Plan for 2008 and 2009 and expect a more comprehensive Implementation Plan for beyond 2009 before the end of this year”.

The Minister welcomed the findings and recommendations in the Monitoring Group Report and said“The establishment of the Office for Disability and Mental Health in January 2008 will bring a new impetus to the implementation of A Vision for Change. The Office will work in partnership with the HSE and other stakeholders to achieve implementation of agreed targets”.

The Minister thanked the members of the Independent Monitoring Group for their commitment.

The Report is available at http://health.gov.ie/blog/publications/2nd-report-of-the-independent-monitoring-group-on-a-vision-for-change/