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New mental health facility to arrive in Limerick City

The new facility was announced at the Regional Health Forum West Meeting, in response to Councillor Mary Howard’s enquiry into the steps CAMHS was taking to ensure a safe service to young people in the area.

A new mental health facility for children and adolescents is set to be introduced in Limerick City.

The new Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) centre and Hub Day Hospital will be located on the St Joseph’s Hospital Campus site, on Mulgrave Street. The new hub will be a national clinical programme, using the mid-west as a pilot site.

The CAMHS service aims to introduce an alternative to inpatient care for young people. The hub will provide acute mental health treatment to children and adolescents at home or in the Hub Day Hospital.

The HSE is anticipating that “the service will commence in the coming weeks” while the site is being “progressed”.

“Capital funding is approved. A design team is finalising its work and is gone for planning with a completion date of 2026.”

The update was announced at the Regional Health Forum West Meeting, in response to Councillor Mary Howard’s enquiry into the steps CAMHS was taking to ensure a safe service to young people in the area.

The HSE Mid-West Community Healthcare (MWCH) has worked closely with the Mental Health Commission (MHC) in examining CAMHS, including during its inspection in the MidWest in June 2022, says Maria Bridgeman, Chief Officer, HSE Mid-West Community Healthcare.

Bridgeman commented: “Throughout this process, and before it commenced, HSE MWCH initiated a series of service improvements within to enhance the CAMHS service and improve the experience of children, young people and families in the Mid-West.

“HSE Mid-West Community Healthcare acknowledges that there have been deficits in the provision of CAMHS and I wish to apologise to children and families who have not received the standard of care that they or we expect.

“The delivery of a high-quality CAMHS service to the children and young people of Clare, Limerick and North Tipperary is a priority for HSE Mid-West Community Healthcare. We have made, and are making, significant investments in the service.”

She also noted that additional consultants have been recruited since the time of the MHC inspection.

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