Making a Referral

 
CHILDREN

Prior to a child being referred to Western Care Association, a diagnosis of learning disability and/or autism has to be made through assessment by a health professional, e.g. a psychologist. This assessment can be carried out by Organisations such as the HSE, NEP's or private psychologists. A referral can then be made by the health professional to Western Care Association (with the consent of the family). Referrals can also be made directly by the family, provided a diagnosis has been determined.

A Western Care Association Referral Form "External Referral Form" will be forwarded by us to the health professional/family in order that contact details, other additional information and formal consent for the referral can be obtained. Following this, the relevant Western Care Association staff will contact the family to make an appointment to discuss priorities and make arrangements for supports to be put in place to address these priorities.
 
NB: As of May 2009, families with children with complex needs aged 0-6 (0ther than children with a diagnosis of Autism) receive services through Mayo Early Intervention Services.  This is a collaborative service model supported by Western Care Association, Enable Ireland and the HSE Primary, Community and Continuing Care (PCCC). In order to make a referral to this service you should phone the Mayo Early Intervention Services on the following number:
094 9060234.
 
Families with children with a diagnosis of autism should follow the standard Western Care Association referral process.

ADULTS  

When an adult with a learning disability and/or autism wishes to be referred to our services, this can be done either by the person themselves and their family or through a health professional.
 
A Western Care Association Referral Form "External Referral Formwill be forwarded by us to the health professional/family in order that contact details, other additional information and formal consent for the referral can be obtained. Following this, the relevant Western Care Association staff will contact the person/family to make an appointment to discuss the person's priorities.

On receipt of a referral, we will then contact the person and their family to arrange an appointment to discuss the person's requirements.
 
Click on this link "External Referral Form" to download Referral Form to Western Care Association.

To get further details on making a referral, please contact:  094 9025133