We are working with government and philanthropy to meet the challenges in mental health by supporting the development of recovery-based, cost-effective, personalised services that enable people with mental health difficulties 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 focussing on their deficits rather than their strengths. 

Recovery is about living as full and valued a life as possible while experiencing mental health difficulties. By putting recovery as the guiding principle of services, each person is supported on their journey towards an independent, self-directed life, centred on strengths, solutions, health and wellness. 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.

Early Innovation in Mental Health

To date €8m innovation funding has been awarded to 103 mental health 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 mental health (see the Genio Model). Explore our interactive map of Ireland to view mental health 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.

Scaling Innovation in Mental Health 

The Service Reform Fund (SRF) has been created by the Department of Health Ireland, the Health Service Executive Ireland (HSE) and the Atlantic Philanthropies in collaboration with Genio to implement mental health and disability service reform in Ireland. These reforms will focus on ensuring that person-centred and recovery-oriented services and supports are embedded, in line with government policy. A total funding pool of €18m has been allocated to advance this work in mental health. This represents the 'scaling innovation' phase of our work in mental health (see the Genio Model).

SRF funding is open to applicants from each of the nine national HSE Community Healthcare Organisations (CHO). The SRF is working closely with representatives from each of these organisations, 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. The HSE and Genio will be collaborating closely on this work.

Priority areas for reform in Mental Health services 2016 - 2018

Successful proposals to the SRF will focus on the four key areas below and will look outside of the mental health service into communities, the voluntary sector, and other mainstream organisations, to form alliances which will effectively support the reconfiguration of services.

  • Advancing Recovery
  • Employment - Supporting Individual Placement and Support
  • Community based living - Transitioning from HSE provided accommodation
  • Homelessness - Supporting the mental health needs of individuals who are homeless during transitions to housing arrangements

SRF Forums

As part of the work being undertaken by the SRF, representatives from each of the nine CHO areas are invited to come together to learn and exchange information and best practice under each of the four priority areas. These forums also provide an opportunity to identify and address challenges that inevitably arise in the service reform process and access the support required to overcome these challenges.

For further enquiries please contact: 

  • Sharon Lane | Programme Manager - Mental Health | Genio | [email protected]

  • John McCusker | Operations and Improvements Manager | Mental Health Services Directorate, Health Service Executive | [email protected]  

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