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[Oireachtas] Dail Eireann debate. Written answers 487 & 488 - Drug and alcohol task forces [23337/17] [Funding]. (16 May 2017)

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487. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Health the funding provided to drugs and alcohol task forces throughout the country in each of the years 2010 to 2016 and to date in 2017, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23337/17]

 

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): The budget allocation for the twenty four Local and Regional Drug and Alcohol Task Forces from the Drugs Initiative of the Department of Health and the Health Service Executive in each of the years referred to by the Deputy is set out in the following table.

LDATF

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014 DOH

Ballyfermot

€1,533,826

€1,492,413

€1,569,489

€1,522,404

€461,150

Ballymun

€1,243,552

€1,209,976

€1,180,695

€1,145,274

€632,817

Blanchardstown

€1,184,200

€1,152,227

€1,124,343

€1,090,613

€179,305

Bray

€1,656,849

€1,612,114

€1,573,101

€1,525,908

€573,860

Canal Communities

€1,645,413

€1,600,987

€1,562,243

€1,515,376

€338,605

Clondalkin

€1,495,408

€1,455,032

€1,421,577

€1,428,930

€388,114

Cork

€1,662,621

€1,617,730

€1,578,581

€1,531,224

€411,988

Dublin 12

€1,180,005

€1,148,145

€1,120,360

€1,086,749

€74,013

Dublin NE

€1,294,199

€1,259,256

€1,228,782

€988,234

€422,251

Dun Laoghaire

€975,475

€949,137

€926,167

€898,382

€94,676

Finglas Cabra

€986,452

€959,818

€936,590

€908,492

€263,277

NIC

€2,495,777

€2,428,391

€2,369,624

€2,298,535

€576,956

SIC

€2,276,911

€2,215,434

€2,161,821

€2,096,966

€255,720

Tallaght

€1,316,913

€1,281,356

€1,250,347

€1,262,837

€452,712

Total LDATF

€20,947,601

€20,382,016

€20,003,720

€19,299,924

€5,125,444

 

 

 

 

 

 

RDATF

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014 DOH

East Coast Area

€896,933

€872,716

€851,596

€584,227

€58,200

Midland

€894,739

€870,581

€849,513

€824,028

€307,810

Mid-West

€1,576,095

€1,533,540

€1,496,428

€1,451,535

€147,982

North East

€1,038,588

€1,010,546

€986,091

€956,508

€0

North West

€806,369

€784,597

€765,610

€742,642

€272,485

North Dublin City & Co.

€870,066

€846,574

€826,087

€801,304

€456,080

South East

€1,193,005

€1,160,794

€1,132,703

€1,098,722

€0

South West

€894,750

€870,592

€849,524

€824,038

€102,820

Southern

€1,089,369

€1,059,956

€1,034,305

€1,003,276

€0

Western

€740,085

€720,104

€702,677

€681,597

€136,994

Total RDATF

€9,999,999

€9,730,000

€9,494,534

€8,967,877

€1,482,371

Overall Total

€30,947,600

€30,112,016

€29,498,254

€28,267,801

 

Table cont.

LDATF

2014 HSE

2015 DOH

2015 HSE

2016 DOH

2016 HSE

2017 DOH

2017 HSE

Ballyfermot

€1,025,582

€255,446

€1,231,286

€255,446

€1,231,286

€255,446

€1,231,286

Ballymun

€488,098

€422,958

€697,957

€422,958

€697,957

€422,958

€697,957

Blanchardstown

€913,589

€179,305

€913,589

€179,305

€913,589

€179,305

€913,589

Bray

€916,271

€573,860

€916,271

€573,860

€916,271

€573,860

€916,271

Canal Communities

€1,141,309

€338,605

€1,141,309

€338,605

€1,141,309

€338,605

€1,141,309

Clondalkin

€1,007,948

€388,114

€1,007,948

€388,114

€1,007,948

€388,114

€1,007,948

Cork

€1,108,299

€411,988

€1,108,299

€411,988

€1,108,299

€411,988

€1,108,299

Dublin 12

€990,134

€70,997

€993,150

€70,397

€993,750

€70,397

€993,750

Dublin NE

€594,836

€422,251

€594,836

€239,971

€777,116

€239,971

€777,116

Dun Laoghaire

€786,755

€94,676

€786,755

€94,676

€786,755

€94,676

€786,755

Finglas Cabra

€627,960

€263,277

€627,960

€263,277

€627,960

€263,277

€627,960

NIC

€1,652,623

€494,856

€1,734,723

€394,856

€1,834,723

€394,856

€1,834,723

SIC

€1,788,337

€176,043

€1,868,014

€176,043

€1,868,014

€176,043

€1,868,014

Tallaght

€782,240

€341,438

€893,514

€336,022

€898,930

€336,022

€898,930

Total LDATF

€13,823,981

€4,433,814

€14,515,611

€4,145,518

€14,803,907

€4,145,518

€14,803,907

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RDATF

2014 HSE

2015 DOH

2015 HSE

2016 DOH

2016 HSE

2017 DOH

2017 HSE

East Coast Area

€508,500

€58,200

€508,500

€58,200

€508,500

€58,200

€508,500

Midland

€491,497

€136,816

€662,491

€136,816

€662,491

€136,816

€662,491

Mid-West

€1,260,007

€147,982

€1,260,007

€147,982

€1,260,007

€147,982

€1,260,007

North East

€927,813

€0

€927,813

€0

€927,813

€0

€927,813

North West

€447,878

€258,633

€461,730

€258,633

€461,730

€258,633

€461,730

North Dublin City & Co.

€321,184

€309,778

€467,486

€266,245

€511,019

€266,245

€511,019

South East

€1,065,760

€0

€1,065,760

€0

€1,065,760

€0

€1,065,760

South West

€696,497

€102,820

€696,497

€102,820

€696,497

€102,820

€696,497

Southern

€973,178

€0

€973,178

€0

€973,178

€0

€973,178

Western

€524,155

€136,994

€524,155

€136,994

€524,155

€136,994

€524,155

Total RDATF

€7,216,469

€1,151,223

€7,547,617

€1,107,690

€7,591,150

€1,107,690

€7,591,150

Overall Total

€27,648,265

 

€27,648,265

 

€27,648,265

 

€27,648,265

 

Dail Eireann debate. Written answer 488 - Drug and alcohol task forces [23338/17]

 

488. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Health when funding to the Tallaght drug and alcohol task force will be restored to 2008 levels; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23338/17]

 

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): In line with the National Drugs Strategy, the Government is committed to continuing support for initiatives to tackle the drug problem. In the 2017 budget, an additional €3m has been provided for a number of measures aimed at improving the health outcomes of those affected by addiction issues. The increased funding will support the development of a pilot supervised injection facility in Dublin city centre, the wider availability of alternative opiate substitution treatments for those who are not suited to methadone, improved services for under 18s and more detoxification beds.

 

Drug and Alcohol Task Forces play a key role in assessing the extent and nature of the drug problem in their areas and in coordinating action at local level, so that there is a targeted response to the problem of substance misuse in local communities. Every effort has been made to protect the budgets of Drug and Alcohol Task Forces in recent years. In excess of €27.6m has been allocated to the Task Forces for community-based drugs initiatives this year, the same amount provided in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

 

The Department of Health has commissioned external consultants to develop a performance measurement framework to assist in measuring the effectiveness of Drug and Alcohol Task Forces. The framework will provide a mechanism to target funding allocations on the basis of objective criteria, having regard to the drugs situation in the Task Force catchment areas and other demographic factors. It will also inform the question of how best to align Drug and Alcohol Task Forces in order to address locally identified needs. I understand the findings of the consultants report have been considered by the steering group in the context of the development of the new National Drugs Strategy.

 

The funding available to address substance misuse will be kept under review in the context of the overall resources available to the health services and the most effective utilisation of those resources.

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