Press Release

Minister O´Malley receives Second Report of Working Group on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

The Working Group on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, today, (10th June 2003) presented its Second Report to Mr. Tim O´Malley T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children.

The Report contains proposals for the development of psychiatric services for 16-18 year olds. It recommends that, in the further development of the Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Service, priority should be given to the recruitment in each health board area of a Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist with a special interest in the psychiatric disorders of later adolescence.

“The development of child and adolescent psychiatric services has been a priority in recent years” Minister O´Malley stated. “In 2002, following the recommendations of the Working Groups First Report, additional revenue funding of €6.061m was allocated to provide for the appointment of additional consultants, for the enhancement of existing consultant-led multi-disciplinary teams and towards the establishment of further teams. A further€1.64m was allocated in 2003. I will be endeavouring to secure additional funding to implement the recommendations of this report in the context of the estimates for next year”.

The Working Group´s report further recommends that arrangements should be made with the relevant Adult Psychiatric Services for the admission to acute psychiatric units of persons aged 16-18, under the care of the Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist with a special interest in the psychiatric disorders of later adolescence, where such a Consultant is available.

The report emphasises the importance of co-operation and close liaison between child and adolescent psychiatry and adult mental health services and suggests that the current arrangements, whereby the adult services provide a service to the population of their catchment area, including the 16-18 age cohort, should continue on an interim basis.

Minister O´Malley thanked the members of the Working Group for their work in compiling the report.