The Decision Support Service is a new service established under the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015. We are part of the Mental Health Commission but will have a new and separate role.
The 2015 Act has not fully come in to effect yet and we are currently working to set up this new service.
When we are up and running, we will provide an essential service for people who face difficulties exercising their decision-making capacity. This may include people with an intellectual disability, acquired brain injury, mental health difficulty or dementia. This also includes all people who want to plan ahead for a time when they might lose their capacity.
We will help to protect and uphold people’s rights to make their own decisions about their personal welfare, property and affairs.
Our role will be to:
- regulate and register decision support arrangements
- supervise the actions of decision supporters
- maintain a panel of experts who will act as decision-making representatives, special and general visitors, and court friends
- investigate complaints made under the 2015 Act
- promote awareness and provide information about the 2015 Act
We will also act as the Central Authority for matters relating to the Hague Convention on the International Protection of Adults.
When the Decision Support Service is operational, it will help to ensure that Ireland is compliant with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).
Read more about what we will do here.