Deputy Broughan has been consistently raising the issue of the long delays for parents in accessing an assessment of needs for their children, when required. Deputy Broughan has represented many constituents who have been concerned and upset at the lack of early intervention assessments. The HSE has a statutory obligation to complete Stage 1 of the assessment process within 3 months of receiving an application. Figures released recently to Deputy Broughan show that the average length of time to complete an assessment of need stood at 18.48 months in 2018 and that there were 3,611 overdue applications at the end of 2018.
“Assessments of Need under the Disability Act 2005 must be commenced within three months of an application received and completed within a further three months. Despite the strict timelines it appears the average duration of the assessment process is now over 11 months in certain parts of the country. If your child’s assessment has been delayed, please contact my office. My office has received recent information on this matter which may be helpful in ensuring that statutory guidelines for assessment are adhered to.”