REVEALED: Three mental health day centres in Roscommon could close under HSE plan

New documents confirm that at least three mental health day centres in Roscommon are set to close and be amalgamated with others. The minutes of internal HSE meetings, obtained by Shannonside FM, show that Strokestown, Ballaghaderreen and Boyle facilities are set to shut. The HSE has established a group of senior staff to oversee the…

New documents confirm that at least three mental health day centres in Roscommon are set to close and be amalgamated with others.

The minutes of internal HSE meetings, obtained by Shannonside FM, show that Strokestown, Ballaghaderreen and Boyle facilities are set to shut.

The HSE has established a group of senior staff to oversee the ‘transition plan’ for day and training centres in the county.

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The minutes of their September meeting note that there are currently five day centres in the area known as GR6, which includes north and mid-Roscommon, as well as a strip of east Galway.

mental healthIt is planned to reduce this to one or two over the next 12 to 18 months.

The minutes of the August meeting note that there will be ‘difficult conversations’ with service-users and families ahead.

It’s proposed Ballaghaderreen and Castlerea day centres amalgamate and be run from a new service to be known as Knockroe Resource Centre in Castlerea.

It is also planned to shut Strokestown Day Centre, with the service-users to be transferred to Roscommon town or Castlerea.

Roscommon Day Centre is set for amalgamation with Corina House, a training centre in the town, over the next four or five months.

What’s called a ‘Club House’ model will operate in Boyle, replacing the current training and day centres in the town.

In a statement to Shannonside FM, the HSE confirms it is currently exploring reconfiguring existing day centres to provide enhanced and individualised programmes to these service users.

It adds that if it is identified that day centres are no longer required, staff will be redeployed to strengthen other day centres.