What is the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act and how can I learn more about it?
The Assisted Decision-making (Capacity) Act was signed into law on the 30th December 2015. The Act is a reforming piece of legislation which will abolish the Wards of Court system and repel that Lunacy Regulation (Ireland) Act, 1871. Essentially this means that those with difficulty making decisions about their finances, healthcare, living arrangements etc. will be helped, where possible, to make these decisions for themselves. Where this is not possible, a representative (possibly a family carer) will be appointed by the Circuit Court to make certain decisions.
This role, as well as other decision-making roles provided by the Act, will be supervised by the new Decision Support Service (DSS), to be based in the Mental Health Commission.
Ms. Aine Flynn was appointed to the role of the Director of Decision Support Services on October 2nd and has begun putting in place the necessary structures to commence operation of the Act (expected in late 2018).
The HSE along with the National Disability Authority are charged with responsibility for creating guidance documentation to help people understand the provisions of the Act. The HSE along with Family Carers Ireland will host an information session and focus group with families and carers in February/March 2018 (date and venue to be confirmed). If you’d like to attend this event please contact Clare Duffy to express your interest and she will contact you again in the New Year.
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