Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) IMCAs work with people who have been assessed as lacking mental capacity under the Mental Capacity Act and who do not have appropriate family or friends who can speak up for them. This work is always about decisions around serious medical treatment or changes in long term accommodation. An IMCA can also support where there are concerns regarding Safeguarding or care reviews.
Independent Mental Health Advocacy (statutory) (IMHA) IMHAs can support people in obtaining and understanding information that relates to their situation under the Mental Health Act. This includes information about:
• Their rights under the Act.
• The rights of other people in relation to them.
• The particular parts of the Act that apply to them.
• Any conditions or restrictions to which they are subject.
• Any medical treatment they are receiving or might be given.
• The reasons for treatment, or proposed treatment.
• The legal authority for providing treatment, and the safeguards and any other requirements of the Act that may apply to them.