Jobs set to go at drug and alcohol treatment centre

by Alen McMahon
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ADAPT (Addressing Drug & Alcohol Problems Together)

Staff at a drug and alcohol treatment centre in Dublin 15 are facing redundancies.
A source confirmed to the Gazette that staff at ADAPT in Coolmine Industrial Estate had been told that there would be a number of redundancies at the centre by the new Board of Management.
There are currently two managers and an administrator, as well as seven project workers working at the centre. The two managers and administrator will be replaced by a general manager, making two roles redundant. The five general project workers have been told that they must re-interview for one of three roles. This means there will be at least four redundancies.
The source told the Gazette that this could lead to a reduction in services. “At the moment, if somebody is out sick or working on a different project, things can be a bit stretched anyway.” ADAPT offer services to help people struggling with drug and alcohol problems.
One of these services is a same day access drop in service but it is likely that this will not be available with reduced staff numbers. This service has proved very successful in helping people abstain from drugs and alcohol. One user commented: “Very friendly, respectful and understanding staff. They saved me.”

The organisation also offers counselling and psychotherapy services, as well as support for the families of addicts. It is feared that the reduced staffing numbers will mean that the drop-in service will no longer be available and all appointments would be by appointment only. This would mean vulnerable addicts would not be able to access the help that they need as quickly as they previously could.

ADAPT is a registered charity and receives funding from the HSE under the Section 39 of the Health Act. However, the HSE declined to comment on the issue, saying: “It is not appropriate for the HSE to comment on employment matters particular to ADAPT, as this is a matter for the Board of ADAPT.” When contacted by the Gazette, the Board of Management of ADAPT declined to comment on the issue.

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