CCIS needs permanent funding -Duffy

Sinn Féin Councillor Sandra Duffy commenting on the news that the Health Minister Robin Swann has allocated £32,000 for the Community Crisis Intervention Service (CCIS) in Derry.

Councillor Duffy said “Finally some good news in relation to the Community Crisis Intervention Service in Derry. The Health Minister after ongoing pressure, has announced that he will allocate £32,000 to keep the service operational for another few months.

“We are all aware of the statistics on mental health here in this city and region, and it is due to this that the Community Crisis Intervention Service was set up and piloted here. It came about as a collective effort.

“The CCIS was developed in conjunction with the Western Trust, Health and Social Care Board, Ulster University, Foyle Search and Rescue and the Council to provide a low threshold responsive service, addressing issues of crisis, self-harm, suicidal ideation and substance misuse, using de-escalation techniques, with support and trained counsellors on hand to ensure the person receives the appropriate help that they need.

“Today’s announcement on funding now gives us the space to add  further pressure on the campaign and the Department for Health to fully fund this vital service on a permanent basis.