Local TD Denis Naughten has been informed by Minister Jim Daly that the HSE intends to spend €500,000 on the redevelopment of the Rosalie Unit to cater for new mental health services.
“While any investment in mental health services is very welcome, I again reiterated to Minister Daly my disgust with the way the former residents of the Rosalie Unit were transferred out of the facility at Aras Naomh Chaolain,” stated Denis Naughten.
“I understand that the HSE is proposing to use the Rosalie Unit for 3 services:
- An online hub for outreach digital services, CAMHS, Psychology, Counselling etc.
- A psychiatry of Later Life day hospital
- A child and adolescent CAMHS day hospital
“Minister Daly has stated that €500,000 of funding has been approved for local HSE management to proceed with design and planning for building modifications and tenders for construction works required.”
It is expected that it will be 2021 before the facility will become operational with funding for the new staffing to be provided in next year’s HSE National Service Plan.
“I’m still of the view that this should have remained as a residential unit but I do not want to see these buildings lie idle either. It is imperative that if the HSE spends this funding on redeveloping the facility it also provides funding to staff it, otherwise this will be a further waste of public funds like we have already seen with the closure of the Rosalie Unit,” concluded Denis Naughten.