Innovation funding (government and philanthropic) to bring about service transformation is allocated on a competitive, performance-managed basis to service providers to cover additional costs of moving from older models of service delivery to new models which are more cost effective and produce better outcomes. Genio has disbursed almost €24m (mainly government funds) which has leveraged a further €31.3m to support service reform.

Since 2010, we have awarded funding to 226 projects (disability, mental health and dementia) nationally to provide over 5,900 people with individualised supports in the community. In addition over 11,000 families, carers and staff have attended information and training events through the projects we support.

We continue to work in collaboration with Government and the Atlantic Philanthropies and are now supporting the establishment of a ‘Service Reform Fund’ of €45m to scale the reforms demonstrated over the past five years in disability and mental health services and to bring about systemic change in these areas.

Service Reform Fund - Mental Health

The Service Reform Fund (SRF) has been created by the Department of Health, the HSE and the Atlantic Philanthropies in collaboration with Genio to implement mental health service reform in Ireland. These reforms will focus on ensuring that person-centred and recovery-oriented services and supports are imbedded, in line with Government policy. A total funding pool of €18m has been allocated to advance this work. The development of the SRF fund was informed by lessons from implementing A Vision for Change and the initial work of Advancing Recovery in Ireland (ARI) and related policy recommendations. 

SRF funding is not open to applicants outside of the HSE. The SRF is working closely with representatives from each of the national HSE Community Healthcare Organisations (CHOs) who have been invited to develop proposals for reform in their areas. All proposals will be submitted through CHO Chief Officers and will be evaluated against strict criteria agreed by the SRF partners. Funding is targeted specifically at sustainable reform and reconfiguration of services. Particular consideration has been given by the HSE as to how the fund can best serve the needs of people who use mental health services and lead to lasting, systemic change in services. The HSE and Genio will be collaborating closely on this work.

Read more about the SRF for mental health here


More information to follow.

Service Reform Fund - Disability

More information to follow.


The Genio Programmes are managed by the Genio Programme Managers.

Elaine Howard, Programme Manager - Dementia
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Mary McGuire, Programme Manager - Dementia (P/T)
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Sharon Lane, Programme Manager - Mental Health
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Tara Doheny, Programme Manager - Disability
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If you would like further information about any of our Programmes please contact the relevant Programme Manager.

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