Mental Health and Mental Capacity Advocacy
The Mental Health and Mental Capacity Advocacy service in Newham is provided by VoiceAbility. Please contact them to make a referral.
Independent Mental Health Advocates (IMHA)
An Independent Mental Health Advocates (IMHA) is a specialist mental health advocate. The Mental Health Act requires local authorities to provide access to an IMHA when a customer has been detained in hospital for assessment and treatment.
Who is entitled to an IMHA?
People will qualify for an IMHA if they are:
- Detained under the Mental Health Act for assessment and treatment. (This does not include people detained on emergency short term sections, or detained in a place of safety)
- Conditionally discharged restricted patients
- On Supervised Community Treatment Orders or Guardianship Orders
- Informal / voluntary patients who are discussing the possibility of serious treatment (e.g. Neurosurgery) for a `mental disorder' (or if the person is under 18 years of age).
What does a IMHA do?
An IMHA can can support people to:
- Understand and assert their rights under the Mental Health Act 2005
- Know about and understand any conditions or restrictions that might apply to them
- Understand different medical treatment options and the legal authority that the hospital has to carry them out
- Appeal against being detained in hospital for assessment or treatment.
Independent Mental Capacity Advocates
An Independant Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA) is a group of specialist advocates who provide safeguards for adults when they lack mental capacity to make important decisions.