Assisted Decision Making Act 2015

Important Information for members

Event Date 6 Sep 2021 11:00

This is a one-hour presentation hosted by Decision Support Service


When the 2015 Act comes fully into effect, it will bring about a number of important changes for organisations such as banks, utilities, hospitals or nursing homes.

There are a number of things you and your organisation can do to start getting ready now. This includes reviewing and planning for any changes you and your organisation might need to make to:

  • Business policies and processes
  • ICT systems
  • Existing staff roles
  • Resources
  • Facilities

As a starting point, organisations should consider how they deal with the following:

  • Consent procedures
  • Customers, clients or service-users with accessibility or communication challenges
  • Dealing with a next-of-kin
  • Communication with representatives or support persons
  • Assessing capacity

Decision Support Service will provide a number of resources to help organisations fulfill their legal and professional obligations under the 2015 Act, including:

  • Codes of Practice
  • Guides and tools
  • Training materials

The Act adopts guiding principles that are aligned to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which Ireland ratified in 2018. These principles include recognising a person’s right to privacy, dignity, autonomy and respect for individual will and preferences. We expect that the Act and the DSS will bring about important, long-awaited changes in the lives of adults with decision-making capacity difficulties, and the people who care for them. 

This session will consist of a 30 minute presentation followed by a 30 minute Q&A.

Topics may include:

  • 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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  • Payment in full is taken at the time of application.
  • Payment of the fee does not guarantee you a place at this event.
  • Full payment must be received prior to the closing date in order to secure your place.
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  • Places are limited and members are advised to apply early to secure a place.
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