North East Services are part of Saint John of God Community Services clg, a group of HSE-funded health and social care services.
We provide residential and day services to some 400 adults with intellectual disabilities in the region.
Residential and day services are primarily based throughout County Louth, but we have some houses in Meath and Monaghan and are planning more in those counties as we progressively transition some 60 people from our campus based residential services (St Mary’s, Drumcar) into supported community housing over the next three to five years.
A 2011 HSE report entitled Time to Move on from Congregated Settings recommends that people who live in congregated settings should move to their own homes in the community with the support they need.
Congregated settings are where 10 or more people with a disability live together in a single living unit or are placed in accommodation that is campus based. In most cases, people are grouped together and often live isolated lives away from the community, family and friends. Many experience institutional living conditions where they lack basic privacy and dignity.