1 In 3 Children Admitted To Adult Mental Health Facilities

1 IN 3 CHILDREN ADMITTED TO ADULT MENTAL HEALTH FACILITIES

Concerns are being expressed about figures which show one in three children in need of mental health in-patient services last year were admitted to adult facilities.

Out of hours incidents or a child in need of immediate attention in parts of the country not near a suitable facility are some of the reasons given.

The figures came to light after a parliamentary question from Deputy Colm Keaveney, the Fianna Fail spokesperson for mental health and special needs.

He says it’s inexcusable that children are being admitted to adult facilities:

“it simply has to stop – it serves for poor outcomes for the recovery of that child” he said.

“I have great concerns about the clinical practice on adult wards for children; and in this day and age where we see significant underspend in mental health funding in the area of child/adolescent mental health services, it’s inexcusable that the minister hasn’t provided for the additional capacity for children who require admission to specialist units” he added.

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