The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015: Interacting with the new Decision Support Service
The Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015 emphasises the principles of dignity, autonomy and respect for the individual and preferences of all persons. It is an essential part of Ireland’s compliance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Although the Act is fully enacted legislation, the systems required to implement it were not introduced and so most of the Act is not yet operational. There is now a change on the horizon as the Decision Support Service have stated their intention to ‘go live’ in mid-2022.
The Decision Support Service exists to promote the rights and interests of people who may need support with decision-making and is one of the cornerstones on which the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015. News that the Decision Support Service is to be up and running by next year is most welcome as it will provide people with the necessary framework to ensure that those in their care who may lack capacity can access the decision making support most appropriate to them.
Western Care’s Rights Review Committee welcome you to attend a free Zoom Webinar entitled ‘The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015: Interacting with the new Decision Support Service’.
What will the introduction of this service mean for people we currently support? We have invited Áine Flynn, Director of this service to speak with us outlining the key principles from the act and the key reforms it will bring for the people we support. We will provide you with information about this service and the things you can do to get ready.
This event will take place in the form of a Zoom Webinar with an opportunity for questions to be asked at the end and it should be attended by all those who may be impacted on by enactment of the Act through establishment of this service. The event may be of particular interest to people who are supported with decision-making currently and people who care for an adult who requires support of this nature.
Book your place on the Webinar here.
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