October 15, 2020
Minister Feighan stated: “‘I acknowledge the key role played by the national voluntary drug and alcohol sector in the implementation of the national drug strategy. It is a main provider of drug and alcohol services, in partnership with the HSE and the drug and alcohol task forces. I am working with the sector to restore drug and alcohol services as part of the national framework for living with Covid-19. I welcome the launch of their new website which will be an essential resource for its member organisations and its service users.”
The NVDAS currently has a membership of over 50 organisations across Ireland that provide a diverse range of drug and alcohol services, encompassing low threshold, harm reduction, detoxification, day services and residential treatment, rehabilitation, recovery and family support services. Most of these are listed in the regional services directory on the website, which provides contact information and details about services that are provided.
Pauline McKeown, the Chair of the NVDAS Steering Committee said:
“The national voluntary drug and alcohol sector is passionate about empowering and supporting individuals, families & local communities to deal with the impact of problem substance use and associated complex needs. Our members have navigated the many challenges presented by Covid-19. We welcome Minister Feighan’s support to provide guidance to safeguard essential drug and alcohol services delivery.”
The voluntary sector has been vital in maintaining essential drug and alcohol services for some of the most marginalised and vulnerable groups in society during the COVID-19 crisis. It is expected that demand for services will increase as Ireland emerges out of the acute crisis, and the new website will provide updates on activities and developments in the sector in the aftermath of the crisis. In addition, the website will provide relevant resources for NVDAS member organisations and other stakeholders and interested parties.
The sector plays a key role in providing drug and alcohol services in their own right, but also on behalf of the State. The NVDAS aims to communicate and coordinate responses to needs and concerns identified by the member organisations, and a regional network of clusters is being developed. The NVDAS has representation at the national drug strategy oversight and implementation structures, and other relevant national committees.
Please see nvdas.ie for more details.