Mental Health services deserve real investment.
The Confidence and Supply Arrangement between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael commits to the full implementation of the ‘A Vision for Change’ policy, and this remains a key priority for us. There has been significant underinvestment in mental health services in recent years and this practice must change. We will give mental health parity of esteem with physical health and will invest in services year-on-year.
Fianna Fáil’s plan to prioritise Mental Health
Give mental health parity of esteem
Establish, in law, the principle of parity of esteem of our physical and mental healthcare. Parity of esteem will allow for equality of access to care and treatment, equality of efforts to improve quality of care, and equality of levels of choice of care and treatment.
Provide the promised services
Provide, in every county, the mental health services envisaged in the Vision for Change strategy. This policy is a priority for us, especially for child, adolescent and intellectual disability services.
More power to the Mental Health Commission
Give the Mental Health Commission powers to regulate residential units. The Mental Health Commission currently has no role in regulating residential care homes. This clearly needs to change and we will make residential care homes a safe and comfortable place to live in.
Improve the Irish equality legislation
Amend Irish equality legislation to ensure that people can no longer be discriminated against on the basis that they have a mental health diagnosis. Through using equality legislation we will make it an independent factor within the law and therefore grant it a human rights-based definition.