Tuesday 16 January 2018

Waiting list for mental health services for young people

According to the HSE, young people who require mental health care are screened by CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) in the county on foot of a GP referral.

A statement said any young person whose case is assessed at screening as 'being urgent' is seen as a priority while those assessed as 'routine' are placed on a waiting list to be seen.

However, when asked how long young patients have to wait for counselling and other services in Wexford there was no response.

Where a child is assessed as needing admission to an inpatient unit, an immediate referral is made, said a spokesman. There are 66 CAMHS beds in operation in four centres in Dublin, Cork and Galway.

'Inpatient referrals are assessed in relation to their appropriateness and urgency and allocated accordingly across the four units through a weekly tele-call process. The recent opening of additional beds in Dublin has improved inpatient access,'he said.

Wexford People

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