What is the CMH

The Central Mental Hospital (CMH) has been providing specialist care for people with a mental illness since 1850. Since March 2005, the Health Service Executive, formerly the East Coast Area Health Board, manages the hospital. The hospital is both a designated centre under the Criminal law Insanity Act 2006 and an Approved Centre under the Mental Health Act 2001.

The National Forensic Mental Health Service based at the Central Mental Hospital provides secure care for adults who have a mental illness and are assessed as needing specialist mental health care in a particular level of therapeutic security.

The Central Mental Hospital Mission Statement is that “The Central Mental Hospital is a safe and caring place where we work together to provide quality specialist services to individuals who require care in a therapeutic secure setting We believe in offering an environment where rehabilitation, stabilisation, intervention and support can help patients in their recovery”

The Central Mental Hospital aims to provide service users with the necessary support to develop the personal, social and occupational skills that will facilitate their return to community living at a maximal level of independence and promote recovery. We are committed to delivering our services through individually tailored care plans for every service user and within a framework of equality, respect and personal accountability.’ The multidisciplinary team approach to care has been identified as the best way to achieve this. To ensure a holistic approach to care the service works in collaboration with various statutory and voluntary groups.

Criticism by the European Committee for Torture has highlighted inhumane conditions, such as the practice of ‘slopping out’. The fabric of the main building is poor and some wards are unsuitable for acutely disturbed patients due to the excess of potential ligature points. Investment in modernisation is therefore long overdue.

The Central Mental Hospital is an approved centre under the Mental Health Act 2001 and also a designated centre under the Criminal Law Insanity Act 2006.