Autism Review

Review of operational effectiveness of existing health services responses in addressing the particular needs of those with autism spectrum disorder

The HSE is reviewing the level of supports and services to people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). At the request of Minister Simon Harris, Tony O’Brien, Director General has established a cross divisional working group to undertake the review. The working group will consider the operationalHolding hands effectiveness of existing health services responses in addressing the particular needs of those with autism spectrum disorder and seek to identify models of good practice.  The working group will report on its findings by the end of September 2017.

The working group would welcome submissions from service users, parents, and practitioners in respect of their experience relating to:

  1. Effectiveness of existing services
  2. Models of good practice

Submissions should be between 500 and 1000 words and emailed to orla.cooney1@hse.ie no later than the 12th of September. Each submission will be acknowledged by the working group; however the group will not enter into correspondence in respect of individual submissions. Please be aware that submissions are subject to Freedom of Information legislation and may be referred to in the final review.

Three workshops will be held in September with key service user advocates and NGOs; Disability Federation of Ireland; the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies and Inclusion Ireland.

Terms of reference for the review:

  1. Review the Health Service Executive’s (2012) National Review of Autism Services: Past, Present & Way Forward report and the degree to whicFamilyh each of its recommendations have been implemented.
  2. Conduct a literature review of best practice models of service delivery, assessment, diagnosis and intervention for individuals with ASD.
  3. Identify what models currently exist in the delivery of health services for individuals with ASDs.
  4. Establish the operational effectiveness of existing health service responses in addressing the particular needs of those with ASD.
  5. Elicit the views of relevant stakeholders regarding what services are required for individuals with ASD.
  6. Recommend an assessment protocol that complies with accepted assessment norms that meet ICD-10 / DSM-V criteria.
  7. Make recommendations in relation to the preferred models of good practice that could be replicated more generally with a view to strengthening and enhancing existing services (as distinct from developing separate, new autism services) in line with the Progressing Disability Services & other Divisional programmes.
  8. Identify how our primary care, social care and mental health services can both share their resources and work in an integrated manner to meet the particular needs of those with ASD.