The working group on rehabilitation launch's report
7 Jun 2007
The report on rehabilitation has been launched.
The key recommendations of the Report focus on:
- an effective inter-agency approach based on a continuum of care for the individual (this will involve protocols for inter-agency working, service level agreements, enhanced case management and quality standards);
- an expansion of the range of treatment options (including an increased number of residential detoxification beds);
- building on the rehabilitative impact of Community Employment Schemes; and
- broader life issues including medical support, access to employment, access to education, housing, particular issues relating to the rehabilitation of offenders, childcare, the role of families in the rehabilitation process and research.
The Report also proposes the establishment of a National Drug Rehabilitation Implementation Committee (NDRIC) to oversee and co-ordinate the rehabilitation effort across the country. This will be chaired by a HSE representative (Senior Co-ordinator) as part of the fulfilment of that organisation's lead role in rehabilitation.
The Working Group on Drugs Rehabilitation consisted of representatives from all Departments and Agencies involved in drugs rehabilitation, as well as representatives of the community and voluntary sectors. The Report has been approved by the Inter-Departmental Group on Drugs and the Cabinet Committee on Social Inclusion. Moves to implement the recommendations are currently being initiated with a view to full implementation next year.
The National Drugs Strategy Team in the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht affairs hopes the report's recommendations will be implemented by the end of the year.