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You should be provided with an independent mental health advocate (IMHA) if you are:
being detained under a section of the Mental Health Act 1983 or are on leave of absence from hospital. This does not include some emergency and short term detentions.
on conditional discharge and a restricted patient
subject to guardianship
on a supervised community treatment order
being considered for a section 57 treatment
under 18 and being considered for a section 58A treatment like electro-convulsive therapy
You should be provided with an independent mental capacity advocate (IMCA) if:
you’re aged 16 and over and have been formally assessed to be lacking mental capacity and have no appropriate friends or family
when a decision must be made about:
providing, withdrawing or withholding of serious medical treatment
long term accommodation in hospital, residential nursing or other supported care environment
We may instruct an independent mental capacity advocate when:
protective measures are proposed under adult protection procedures for people over 18.
the responsible body - Local Authority or NHS Trust - is reviewing the accommodation arrangements for a person who lacks capacity and there are no appropriate friends and family to consult.
It is unlikely that an IMCA service would be needed if there is already Care Act advocacy in place.
You may lack mental capacity if you have:
had a serious brain injury or illness
a learning disability
Independent Mental Health and Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy is provided by:
POhWER Phone: 0300 456 2370 (charged at local rate) Opening hours: Monday - Friday (8am to 6pm) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.pohwer.net Minicom: 0300 456 2364 Text: Send the word ’pohwer’ with your name and number to 81025 (You will be charged at your standard rate)