Assisted Decision-Making - Considerations for Mental Health Services

The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 - Considerations for Mental Health Services

Croke Park - Wednesday 20th November 2019

This conference was hosted by the HSE Assisted Decision-Making and Consent Office and HSE Mental Health Operations, with UCC School of Law and the Mental Health Commission.

The aim of the Conference was to combine expertise from a range of perspectives - clinical, legal, academic, NGO and service user backgrounds – to consider the detail and implications of the Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015 for mental health care and practice. It also aimed to highlight the importance of ensuring that this critical piece of human rights legislation remains a priority for full commencement at Government level and that front line practitioners in mental health services continue to evolve their practices to address many of the fundamental human rights principles underpinned by the Act.

Programme for the day

Presentations from the day

Session One: Perspectives on the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 as a conduit for realising human rights in mental health

Professor Brendan Kelly, Consultant Psychiatrist, Tallaght University Hospital and Trinity College, Dublin

Session Two: Relevant person - a recalibration of the centrality of rights or just more semantics?

Ms Aine Flynn, Director of the Decision Support Service

Ms Kate Mitchell, Senior Policy and Research Officer, Mental Health Reform

Dr Mia McLaughlin, Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry, HSE

Session Three: The intersections between the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 and the Mental Health Act 2001 - exploring pressure points and points of confluence

Professor Mary Donnelly, School of Law, University College Cork

Ms Orla Keane, Head of Legal Services, Mental Health Commission

Ms Kate Frowein, Senior Case Manager, Decision Support Service

Final Address

Aine Flynn, Director of the Decision Support Service

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