Mental Health Commission

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Director of the Decision Support Service

The Mental Health Commission has appointed Áine Flynn as Director of the Decision Support Service (DSS) and she commenced in post on the 2nd October 2017. She is a member of staff of the Mental Health Commission.

The Director has responsibility for the implementation of many of the important changes brought about by the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act of 2015. Central to the Act are the guiding principles of presumption of capacity, and minimal intervention in the affairs of others in order to respect individual will and preferences. The Director has a duty to inform the public about the Act, and about the supports available through the DSS to those who require assistance with their decision-making. The Director will establish and maintain panels of suitable people willing to act as decision-making representatives, court friends and special and general visitors. She will also supervise and handle complaints against decision-making assistants, co-decision makers, decision-making representatives, attorneys with enduring powers of attorney and designated healthcare representatives. The Director will approve and publish Codes of Practice in relation to the Act. Significant progress has already been made by specially commissioned expert groups tasked with the preparation of these codes.

Decision Support Service website


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Waterloo Exchange, Waterloo Road, Dublin 4

Ph: 353(1) 636 2400

Fax: 353(1) 636 2440

Eircode: D04 E5W7

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