Press Release

Lynch welcomes collaboration with The Atlantic Philanthropies on Service Reform Fund

The Minister for Primary and Social Care, Kathleen Lynch TD, today (16 June) welcomed the establishment of a fund to support the implementation of reforms in disability and mental health services.  The Service Reform Fund is supported by The Atlantic Philanthropies, the Department of Health, the Health Service Executive and Genio.

The Minister said “The Atlantic Philanthropies has been a valued supporter and enabler of person-centred services.  Refocusing services by putting the person at the heart of the delivery of care takes investment as well as behavioural change. The Service Reform Fund will provide financial support towards this change, in line with the Government’s policies for these sectors.”

The Service Reform Fund represents a total combined investment of €45m by the funding partners from 2015 to 2017, of which The Atlantic Philanthropies will invest €15 million and the Department of Health, €30 million.

The Department of Health is committed to social care reform and the achievement of improved outcomes for people with disabilities and mental health difficulties together with more transparent, accountable and cost effective administration. The Service Reform Fund will allow this process to be accelerated. “Nowhere is the case for this reform more obvious than in the area of disability services, where the requirement to move people from larger segregated settings to community-based dwellings is ever more pressing. Other priority areas for disability services and mental health services will also receive attention. ” said the Minister. “The Department and the Health Service Executive look forward to collaborating with The Atlantic Philanthropies and Genio on this worthwhile endeavour”.