A South-East Community Healthcare Organisation will be the first in the country to run a new mental health scheme, announced today.
The Waterford and South Kilkenny will be the first pilot site for a Crisis Resolution Team, which will provide short term, intensive, multi-disciplinary assessment and supports to people with severe mental health difficulties in their homes.
They will also provide an alternative pathway to acute hospital admission or early discharge back to the community.
The new scheme will be introduced in the new year, alongside a community café, offering out of hours mental health support.
Announcing the news today, Minister for Mental Health and Waterford TD Mary Butler says it marks a 'significant milestone' in the development of alternative out of hours mental health services.
"The café will be peer led, with clinical support available, where needed, and will be open to self- referrals and drop ins” confirmed Minister Butler this afternoon, who also referenced commencement works on a Crisis House in Clonmel as a sign of 'innoative' services, which are expected to be rolled out nationally.