Independent mental capacity advocates

People who lack mental capacity can be helped to express their views by an independent mental capacity advocate service.


Making decisions: the Independent Mental Capacity Advocate service (OPG606)

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Independent mental capacity advocate (IMCA) services support people who can’t make or understand decisions by stating their views and wishes or securing their rights.

This guidance explains:

  • what advocacy is
  • the role of an IMCA
  • how the IMCA service works in practice
  • who will benefit from the IMCA service
  • how to make a referral to the IMCA service
Published 27 November 2007