Report Details Demand for Intellectual Disability Services
The Health Research Board publishes today the Annual Report on service provision and service demand among people with an intellectual disability.
25,936 people with intellectual disability were in receipt of services, representing 98% of the registererd population.
Service provision in 2010
- 25,936 people with intellectual disability were in receipt of services, representing 98% of the total population registered on the NIDD. This was the highest number of people in receipt of services since the database was established.
- 8,213 (31.2%) were in receipt of full-time residential services, a decrease of 38 since 2009. This is the seventh consecutive year in which the data indicate that more people live in community group homes than in residential centres.
- The number of people with intellectual disability accommodated in psychiatric hospitals continues to decrease in line with previous years.
- 25,857 (99.7%) people availed of at least one day programme in 2010. This is the highest rate of day service usage since NIDD data were first reported in 1996. 21,803 (84.1%) people availed of at least one multidisciplinary support service. The services most commonly availed of by adults were social work, medical services and psychiatry. The services most commonly availed of by children were speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and social work.
Future service needs 2011-2015
- The 2010 data indicate that 4,539 new residential, day and/or residential support places will be needed to meet service requirements, half of which are residential places. 9,873 people will require changes or enhancements to their day service.
- There is substantial demand for all the therapeutic inputs for the coming five years, in particular, psychology, speech and language therapy and occupational therapy.
A copy of the report, Annual Report of the National Intellectual Disability Database Committee 2010 is available at: www.hrb.ie.