The HSE’s policy A Time to Move on from Congregated Settings – A strategy for Community Inclusion, is also based model of support where people with disabilities are supported to move from large institutions (congregated settings) to their own homes in the community with the supports they need. It is about supporting people to ‘live ordinary lives in ordinary places’.
Today less than 2,000 people live in congregated settings, and the HSE has prioritised the transition of a further 144 people from congregated settings in 2021 under its Service Plan.
People are being supported to live lives of their choice out in the community. Several congregated settings have closed fully and many more have closed specific units within the centres. Thoughtful planning, capacity building work with stakeholders and sharing the learning across services is enabling meaningful person-centred planning and transitions that are sustainable.
The position of the HSE is that it wishes to see all individuals supported to have the option of living independently in the community provided this is in their best interests and in partnership with their families. It is recognised that this will take time to put in place. The HSE will continue to work with St John of Gods in terms of working towards the implementation of a community living model for St Marys of the Angels.
As this Parliamentary Question relates to an operational issue, it is a matter for the HSE. However, members of the Oireachtas are advised that the HSE is currently unable to access the information to answer Parliamentary Questions due to the recent cyber-attack, which has required a temporary shut-down of HSE IT systems. The disruption to service is on-going, and the HSE is working hard to restore its IT capacity and resume normal services. Members of the Oireachtas will be advised as soon as the HSE is again in a position to provide responses to PQs and are encouraged to resubmit their Parliamentary Questions at that point.