New Wicklow Recovery & Community Integration project to be launched today by Minister for Health Simon Harris TD

Merchants Quay Ireland (MQI), the national homeless and drugs charity, has announced that Minister for Health Simon Harris TD will officially launch the opening of their new Community Recovery and Integration Supports (CRIS) project today, 23rd November, in the Parkview Hotel, Newtownmountkennedy at 6.30pm.

The CRIS project is a community-based support service, offering adults living with addiction and their families, vital treatment and community-integration supports. The CRIS project covers the Wicklow area (excluding Bray and Blessington) and South Dublin (from Grand Canal to Dun Laoghaire). The project will be jointly funded by the East Coast Regional Drugs & Alcohol Task Force and the HSE.

The project will employ two Community Integration Workers, who are responsible for the coordination of assessment, case management and care planning for people in addiction and family members who may need support.

Speaking in advance of the launch, CEO of Merchants Quay Ireland Paula Byrne said:

“MQI is delighted to be working in partnership with the East Coast Regional Drugs & Alcohol Task Force (ECRDATF) and the HSE in providing this service. By working together like this, we can ensure that those in addiction get high quality and easily accessible treatment services.

“The CRIS project is a very important development for the people in the East Coast region. The project will be providing vital rehabilitation and aftercare support to people in addiction, as well as support to families affected by addiction, making sure no person has to deal with addiction alone.”

Chair of the ECRDATF Aoife Flynn Kennedy noted the significance of the CRIS project:

“This is a very much needed service for the East Coast and the Task Force is committed to supporting developments like this. I would like to thank Merchants Quay Ireland for the commitment that they have shown in the delivery of this service and we look forward to working together.”

People can self-refer to the CRIS Project or can be referred from any other agency. To make a referral, or to arrange an appointment, call 0404 34009 or email cris@mqi.ie.

-ENDS-

For more information, please contact

Andrew Rooney

Communications Officer
Merchants Quay Ireland
T: 01 531 2958
M: 086 7793 208
Email: andrew.rooney@mqi.ie

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