Minister O’Gorman & Minister Rabbitte welcome decision by St John of God Community Services to continue providing publicly funded services

The Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman and Minister of State for Disability, Anne Rabbitte, today welcomed the agreement reached between St John of God Community Services (SJOG CS) and the HSE that protects current intellectual disability and mental health services to 8,000 children and adult service users.

St John of God Community Services has now withdrawn notice of its previous decision to exit from service provision. Most importantly, the organisation has ensured that those in receipt of services, their families and its staff were the first to be notified of this development.

The HSE has worked intensively with St John of God Community Services over several years to address financial and operational challenges in its services.

Over recent weeks, the HSE has reaffirmed a strong financial commitment to supporting the organisation in delivering services. Significant work on a Sustainability Impact Assessment process has provided a pathway to sustainable high quality services that meet service user needs.

The HSE, backed by relevant Departments, remains committed to following through on the outcome of this process and funding is available to meet in-year requirements, enhance services and support related reforms.

 

Speaking on this positive outcome, Minister of State Anne Rabbitte, said,

I am delighted that this decision by St John of God Community Services provides much needed assurance and clarity on its future for service users, families and staff.

The Service will continue to provide its full range of publicly funded supports at all existing locations.

This positive outcome will be a relief for many who were anxiously awaiting developments.

The collective commitment of the HSE and St John of God Community Services to meeting the needs of service users has resulted in this positive outcome and I am confident of continued progress in addressing core issues over the coming months.

 

Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, said:

I commend the HSE and St John of God Community Services on a reaching a resolution which all parties agree is in the best interests of service users.

St John of God Community Services, like other providers, are an essential partner to the HSE in delivering publicly funded services.

We know that some organisations are in a weakened financial state as a result of complex historical arrangements, compounded by current and emerging service delivery costs and pressures.

The Department is working to deliver innovative solutions to these systemic sustainability challenges, through continued engagement with the HSE, service providers, their staff and service users.

Our commitment to people with disabilities has been demonstrated through increasing levels of funding for specialist services, with a record €2.9 billion being provided in 2024, including €74m under the first year of the Disability Action Plan.

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