Denis Naughten has asked the HSE to meet with Headstrong to try to find an interim solution to allow the Jigsaw service to continue to operate from the start of next month.
He described the suspension of the Jigsaw service for young people as “a serious blow for mental health services in County Roscommon and one which must be reversed without delay”.
“The manner with which this service is to be suspended is more than bizarre. Based on the statement posted on the website, Headstrong only intend to discuss the suspension of the service with the HSE next month, after the service has been shut,” stated Denis Naughten.
“I understand that this is not a funding issue and resolves around personnel and the fact that it has not proved possible to obtain a clinical lead for this service, despite the post being advertised on several occasions.”
Denis Naughten added: “Just two months ago the HSE announced the enhancement of the Jigsaw service in Roscommon and at that stage there was no mention of issues with the operation of the service.
“I have asked the HSE to arrange a meeting with Headstrong to try to find an interim solution to allow the service to continue to operate from the start of next month, until a permanent clinical lead can be appointed to the service.
“At a time when greater and greater pressure is being placed on young people it is unacceptable that a vital service such as this is being withdrawn and every effort must now be made to provide the clinical staffing to keep the doors open,” concluded Denis Naughten.