Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy Service (IMCA)
The Mental Capacity Act 2005 introduced several new roles, bodies and powers to support the Acts provisions. One of these is the Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) Service and the role of the Independent Mental Capacity advocate.
The purpose of the Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) Service is to help vulnerable people who lack capacity to make important decisions AND who have no family or friends who are appropriate to help with those decisions. An Independent Mental Capacity Advocate will be appointed to help such a person who has to make a decision about:
- serious medical treatment, and / or
- changes of accommodation.
The Act has been extended though Regulations to cover two additional circumstances where an IMCA can be appointed:
- where an allegation of abuse has been made, and
- in care reviews.
The Independent Mental Capacity Advocate will work with and support people in this situation and represent their views to those professionals who are working to determine their best interests.
In Birmingham, Advocacy Matters administers the Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy Service on behalf of the Adults and Communities Directorate. You can call them on 0121 354 6136 or email them: firstname.lastname@example.org
The office of the Public Guardian has a library of Mental Capacity Act booklets.