We are working with government and philanthropy to meet the challenges in disability by supporting the development of cost-effective, personalised services that enable people with disabilities to live as included and valued members of the community. This involves a move away from traditional, often expensive, services which group and segregate people, often focussing on their deficits rather than their strengths. Personalised services means putting the person at the heart of service design and delivery, giving people what they need, when and where they need it.

    Scaling Innovation in Disability

    The Service Reform Fund (SRF) has been created by the Department of Health; the Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government; the Health Service Executive Ireland (HSE); Local Authorities; and the Atlantic Philanthropies, in collaboration with Genio, to implement service reform in Ireland in mental health, disability and homelessness. The SRF represents a total combined investment of €45m by the Department and Atlantic to re-configure existing services towards more person-centred supports which are also more transparent, accountable and cost-effective, in-line with government policy. This represents the 'scaling innovation' phase of our work in disability (see the Genio Model). Within the Service Reform Fund for disability there are two strands:

    1. The first is a targeted and accelerated change programme working with 10 congregated sites. The focus of this work is to build self-directed, community based services for the people living in these settings. Initial site visits, meetings and capacity building has taken place. Draft proposals for funding have been prepared by each site and in 2018 further capacity building and the first trance of funding will be awarded.
    2. The second strand is a competitive grants round to reform disability services across the country. In November 2017, Minister of State with special responsibility for Disabilities, Finian McGrath TD, announced a €4.5m fund for competitive grants. Regional HSE representatives (i.e. Community Healthcare Organisations) will invite consortia – including people with disabilities, family members, service providers and community groups – to work together to develop proposals for funding. Consultations will take place in 2018 with service users, families and service providers across Ireland to develop realistic, sustainable plans to reconfigure services. Funding will be allocated under three streams:
    • Community Living – supporting people to move from congregated settings or institutions to the community; to have improved living arrangements in the community; and to lead self-directed, meaningful lives, engaged in local and mainstream activity. This will be aimed at those who are moving from an institution or those at risk of institutionalisation.
    • Reform of day services to person-centred supports – supporting alternative ways of meeting the work, education, training and recreation needs of people with a disability within mainstream, community settings.
    • Alternative Respite – developing a range of non-institutional respite options for individuals and their families.

    Funding will be awarded by the Genio Trust through a rigorous application process jointly assessed by the Genio Trust and the HSE. More information to follow.

    Early Innovation in Disability

    Between 2010 - 2015 €10.8m innovation funding was awarded to 110 disability projects around Ireland in partnership with the Health Service Executive Ireland (HSE) and the Atlantic Philanthropies. These projects represent the 'early innovation' phase of our work in disability (see the Genio Model). Explore our interactive map of Ireland to view disability projects funded through Genio. Use the filters to view by areas of interest and counties. Brief descriptions of each project are provided along with details of the grant awarded.

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