The Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA) service is central to the working of the Act. IMCAs work with people who lack capacity to make certain important decisions and have no one else who can be consulted to try and establish their wishes. The IMCA service for West Wales is co-ordinated across the counties of Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire by Mental Health Matters Wales.
An IMCA MUST be instructed, and then consulted, for people lacking capacity who have no-one else to support them (other than paid staff), whenever:
An IMCA MAY be instructed to support someone who lacks capacity to make decisions concerning
Referrals can be made by an authorised person and should be made in writing by completing a referral form and sending it by fax, email or post.
Where a verbal referral is made the referral form should be completed within 24 hours.
To find out more about the IMCA service contact:
IMCA Wales (part of Mental Health Matters Wales)
Union Offices, Quarella Road, Bridgend. CF31 1JW
Tel: 01656 649557 or 01656 651450
Mental Health Advocacy in Carmarthenshire, 1st Floor, 59 King Street, Carmarthen. SA31 1BA
Tel: 01267 231122
Dewis Cymru is the place to go if you want information or advice about your well-being – or want to know how you can help somebody else.