Press Release

Minister Moloney welcomes Third 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 Equality, Disability and Mental Health today (Monday 20th April 2009) welcomed the Third 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 Monitoring Group reported progress with the implementation of certain recommendations of the Report including child and adolescent services, engagement with service users and mental health information systems.

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.” Commenting on the Monitoring Group’s recommendation for the establishment of a dedicated leader of a National Mental Health Service Directorate to drive implementation of ‘A Vision for Change’, the Minister indicated that he agrees with this recommendation and that he has had discussions with Professor Drumm in this regard

The Minister said “the Monitoring Group ensures that the attention of the Health Service Executive and Government Departments are focussed on their responsibilities to implement ‘A Vision for Change’ ”.

Read the Report