New Directions

New Directions: Personal Support Services for Adults with Disabilities is the report of the HSE working group which was established to the review HSE-funded adult day services.

The review of adult day services began August 2007 and the new directions report was published in 2012. 

Adult day services cover a broad range of activities ranging form rehabilitative training, sheltered workshops, supported employment, sheltered employment and other activation schemes. Around 20,000 adults (mostly with an intellectual disability) attend or participate in a day service.

The majority of day services are segregated from mainstream community and New Directions sets out a new vision for adult day services.It places an emphasises on community-based, person-centered supports.

Agencies and organisations funded by the HSE to provide day services to adults with disabilities must provide those service in line with New Directions. There is currently no regulation of day services.

As an interim or short-term measure, the HSE has prepared a set of draft interim standards for day services. The standards were updated in 2015 following a public consultation process. The HSE subsequently ratified the standards. 

A framework will be developed for service providers to assess their services against the standards.

Further information

Connect Family Network - New Directions (internal link)

Interim Standards for New Directions, Services and Supports for Adults with Disabilities

New Directions Bulletins  

More information from the HSE website (external link)

New Directions Report (PDF)

Updated April 2016