The Moving Ahead Report (2015) Identified many issues that people with disabilities in Ireland face in Ireland today; the report highlights the difficulties of being able to access supports that are based on their needs in their community, focus on active support, community involvement and participation and support their parents as part of the process. It also highlights the need for service providers to change how services are delivered and to provide community-based services that are based around the individual’s needs.
Similarly, Vision for Change details a comprehensive model of mental health service provision for Ireland. It describes a framework for building and fostering positive mental health across the entire community and for providing accessible, community-based, specialist services for people with mental illness. Included in this vision is to ensure support for families and an advocacy model to assist the Mental Health Services.
YAP Ireland has a proven track record of providing services to young people and families with mental health and Disability diagnoses.
Disability and Mental Health Intensive Support Service provides a 12 month programme to Young People aged 10 – 21 years and families who require an intensive, strengths based, needs led service to achieve their goals. This may include support to build on independent living skills, support in taking an active part in family, school/education and community life and reducing the risk of placement breakdown. Many of the young people will have diagnoses of Autism, Aspergers or be living with a mental health diagnosis.