Wednesday, 3 October 2012

'Illness', Or Not? Reduce Offences, Or Not?

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Sex offenders face €5,500 bill as One in Four loses treatment funding

"Due to a lack of funds, a support group for abuse victims is turning away sex offenders seeking treatment, unless they can foot the bill themselves.

It costs €5,500 to complete a two-and-a-half year rehabilitation course at One in Four, but the HSE is not funding the organisation to provide the treatment.

One in Four says about 60% of people eventually get partial funding from the HSE, paying for the remainder themselves.

However, those who cannot access HSE funding have to find the €5,500 or forget about rehabilitation.

"Research consistently shows that effective treatment programmes reduce the risk of re-offending, yet most sex offenders in Ireland do not have access to treatment," said Maeve Lewis, the group’s executive director."

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