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Published: Sep 2005
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In this report the Faculty of Child and
Adolescent Psychiatry of the Irish College of Psychiatrists sets
out where psychiatric services for children and adolescents are
now, estimates the need for services, and presents a model for
The principles and recommendations set out by a variety of bodies
are translated into a programme for the development of child and
adolescent psychiatric services in the Republic of Ireland. The
position statement also proposes a strategic action plan for
implementation, to bring the service into the future.
The funding of the mental health services in 2003 accounted for
just 6.8% of the health budget, amounting to €622.8 million. Child
and adolescent psychiatric services account for only 5–10% of
spending on mental health services, while serving 22.68% of the
population (around €53 per child under 16 years of age). The
Faculty has made an estimate of the additional service resources
and funding needed for a wide range of specialist services, such as
in- and out-patient services, adolescent services, intellectual
disability services, forensic services, service evaluatio and
services for looked-after children.
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