As the Deputy will be aware, St. John of God Community Services has served the Health Service Executive (HSE) with 12 months’ notice of its intention to terminate the provision of services under Section 38 of the Health Act 2004 with a view to transferring responsibility for disability and mental health services and supports to the State by 1st October 2021.
The primary concern of the Government at this time is to ensure the continuity of supports and services provided by St. John of God Community Services for people with disabilities, those with mental health issues and their families.
It is important to note that St. John of God Community Services will continue to be responsible for providing disability and mental health services during the 12 months’ notice period.
Under the Service Arrangement, the HSE and the Provider are expected to make interim arrangements in respect of those receiving services on the effective date of termination or expiry to minimise disruption or distress to service users.
The Provider is required to provide services from the effective date of termination or expiry until such time as any new arrangements are effective, whichever is earlier.
I am aware that the HSE is fully committed to continuing engaging with St John of God Community Services to ensure stability and continuity of service provision for those who rely on these vital services in the period ahead.
As the Deputy's question relates to a service matter, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy as soon as possible.