Findings to date from the mental health programme show that personalised, community-based services can be an option for everyone regardless of age, type or level of mental health difficulties – if the correct supports are provided for each person. The research also finds that these types of supports provide better outcomes for people across many areas of their lives, while costing less than institutional or group-based services in most cases.

113 projects supported
  • 25 projects focused on moving from/avoiding mental health institutions.
  • 5 projects focused on alternative respite within the community rather than within group or institutional settings. These can take place in the person's own home or with a host family. 
  • 17 supported people with mental health recovery. Recovery is about living as full and valued a life as possible while experiencing mental health difficulties. 
  • 10 supported work opportunities.
  • 46 projects focused on training and capacity building.
  • 10 Social Reform Fund service change initatives across the mental health service
7,576 beneficiaries supported through the projects
  • 1,547 received individualised services.
  • 6,029 received training/capacity building and information.
Projects have supported
  • 344 people to move from various settings to supported self-directed living.
  • 186 people with alternative community-based respite options.
  • 328 people to seek training and employment.
  • 1,956 people in mental health recovery.
12 mental health community hostels closed to date
  • 6 High support units.

  • 1 Medium support unit.

  • 5 Low support units.

Research & Evidence



How personal budgets are working in Ireland - A Research Brief

Prepared by Pádraic Fleming, Mental Health and Social Research Unit, Maynooth University Department of Psychology May 2016

Evaluation of individualised opportunities for young people with disabilities

Dr Richard Wynne & Dr Donal McAnaney, Work Research Centre 2014
Cross Programme

Evaluation of personalised support and accommodation in disability and mental health services

Prof Roy McConkey, Brendan Bunting, Finola Ferry, Edurne Garcia Iriarte and Rachel Stevens, Ulster University 2013

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