Disability publication statement 8 June 2018

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Today, the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has published 10 reports on designated centres for people with disabilities. HIQA inspects against the Health Act 2007 (Care and Support of Residents in Designated Centres for Persons (Children and Adults) with Disabilities) Regulations 2013 and the National Standards for Residential Services for Children and Adults with Disabilities, which apply to residential and respite services for people with disabilities in Ireland.

Of the 10 reports published today, six centres were found to have a good level of compliance with the regulations and standards, including centres operated by Brothers of Charity Services Ireland, Camphill Communities of Ireland, Carriglea Cáirde Services, Saint Patrick’s Centre (Kilkenny), and St Mary’s Centre (Telford).

Three reports on centres operated by St John of God Community Services have been published. A follow-up inspection of one centre found a good level of compliance with the regulations. In two other centres, based on campus settings, found that the premises did not suit the needs of residents living there and the provider failed to appropriately manage risk.

An inspection of on a Clann Mór Residential and Respite centre found that significant improvements were required to the management structure to ensure the services provided were monitored and effectively reviewed.

Inspectors found that residents in a COPE Foundation centre were supported appropriately on a day-to-day basis in their personal planning arrangements by staff. However, a significant number of regulations were not being met in relation to the arrangements for respite recipients.