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Senator Máire Devine welcomes Youth Mental Health recommendations on consent issues

12 December, 2017 - by Máire Devine


Sinn Féin’s Seanad Mental Health spokesperson Senator Máire Devine has welcomed a recommendation from the Youth Mental Health Taskforce today which calls for legislation to be published to reform the consent provisions of the 2001 Act, to allow people under the age of 18 to have direct access to mental health services.

Senator Devine said she is at the advanced stages of drafting such legislation.

Speaking today, she said;

“There is a particular anomaly around access to mental health services for 16 and 17 year olds.

“The Library and Research facility at the houses of the Oireachtas is due to publish a paper on the back of my request examining in more detail consent for mental health treatment for young people. I expect this to be published early next week.

“I am also at the advanced stages of drafting legislation on this issue, which I will be introducing in the Seanad in the New Year.

“This is a vitally important piece of work for our young people and I am delighted that the Task Force has recognised it today.”

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