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Decision Support Services: What it means in Practice

July 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Article 12 of the UNCRPD recognizes “that persons with disabilities have legal capacity on an equal basis with others. In other words, an individual cannot lose his/her legal capacity to act simply because of a disability.” Depending on the person’s support needs, they may require assistance to make decisions beneficial for their health, wellbeing and dignity under the law. This may be through one trusted person or a network of people. Ireland is still developing an appropriate framework for assisted decision-making, which AsIAm has addressed through submissions to government.

To help you navigate this process AsIAm has invited our expert speaker Aine Flynn. After graduating from Trinity College Dublin, Aine Flynn was admitted as a solicitor in 1999 and from 2012-2017 was a senior partner in Dublin firm, KOD Lyons, specialising in public interest law. She has been on the panel of legal representatives of the Mental Health Commission and the Mental Health (Criminal Law) Review Board, a member of the Human Rights Committee of the Law Society since 2012 and a member of the Law Society’s Mental Health and Decision-Making Capacity Task Force. In October 2017, Áine commenced in post as the first Director of the Decision Support Service under the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015.

Dr Flynn’s presentation will cover the following overview of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 and the role of the Decision Support Service(DSS) followed by a Q & A session (30mins):

An overview of the 2015 Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 Act and the role of the Decision Support Services  (DSS) followed by an opportunity for attendees to ask questions:

 The key reforms which the Act will bring:

  • Guiding Principles;
  • Functional assessment of capacity;
  • Details of the categories of decisions (Property and Affairs; Personal Welfare);
  • Framework of “decision supporters”;
  • Advance Planning;
  • Functions of the DSS (including registers, arrangements, investigation of complaints etc);
  • Codes of Practice & public consultation.”
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