Mental Health Commission publishes 9 individual CHO reports on Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services31 August 2023
The 9 community healthcare organisation (CHO) reports have already informed a final report into CAMHS by the Inspector of Mental Health Services, which was published by the MHC at the end of July 2023.
On their own, each report provides an overview of the strengths within each CHO CAMHS service, the challenges they face, the quality improvements and initiatives that they have put in place, and any areas of concern identified by the Inspector and her team.
The reports published today consist of a report into CHO 1 (Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan); CHO 2 (Galway, Roscommon and Mayo); CHO 3 (Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary); CHO 4 (Cork and Kerry); CHO 5 (Waterford, Wexford, Carlow, Kilkenny and South Tipperary); CHO 6 (South-East Dublin, East Wicklow and Dun Laoghaire); CHO 7 (Kildare/West Wicklow, Dublin West, Dublin South City, and Dublin Southwest); CHO 8 (Louth, Meath, Laois, Offaly, Longford and Westmeath); and CHO 9 (Dublin North City and County).
As part of the overall review, the Inspector and her team met with the area management teams, each of the CAMHS community teams, and reviewed clinical files in each team within each CHO. The Inspector and her team also spoke with families and young people who availed of the services, and other stakeholders.
The Inspector’s overall independent review into CAMHS, which she commenced in April 2022 - and included the publication of an interim report in January 2023 – was published on July 26, 2023, complete with 49 recommendations for the State.
Due to the seriousness of the concerns raised by the review, the Inspector recommended that a comprehensive strategy for CAMHS and all other mental health services for children be prepared; that the implementation of the report recommendations must be monitored by the MHC; and
that CAMHS should be immediately and independently regulated by the MHC.
You can read our full statement here.
You can download each report below:
The Full Independent Review of the Provision of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in the State are available to download here.
The Recommendations of the Independent Review of the Provision of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in the Stat are available to download here.
The Interim Report on the Independent Review of the Provision of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in the State is available to download here.