Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy
The IMCA Service provides Independent advocates for people who are deemed to lack capacity to make certain significant decisions as indentified in MCA 2005 and who, at the time such decisions need to be made, have no-one other than paid staff to support or represent them or to be consulted.
IMCA referrals can only be made by the relevant decision maker or a person authorised to make the referral on their behalf. If you are not sure of eligibility, please contact us. We can accept IMCA Referrals if the client resides in Port Talbot, Neath, Swansea, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire or Ceredigion
To download our referral form please click on the below link .
For more information on IMCA, please refer to the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005 - Code of Practice, Section 10 by clicking on the above guidance.
Will the IMCA be part of the decision making?
The role of the IMCA will be similar in many ways to that of a concerned relative.
They will not be aprt of the decision making, but will provide information that the decision maker must take into accounts when making their decision.
The decision maker may choose to disregards the information or recommendation, but they must show the reason why they have done so
If the IMCA is concerned about the decision that has been made, or is concerned about the deicsion that has been made, or is concerned the decsion make is not acting in the best interests of the lacking capacity, they may go through existing procedures to challenge the decision.
Mental Health Matters Wales
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