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Recommendations from legislative review need to be implemented — Mental Health Commission

At a meeting of the Commission in May 2017, Commission Chair Mr John Saunders noted the implementation of the recommendations had been limited to date to matters relating to electroconvulsive therapy.

“He indicated that the Commission would be seeking to have the remaining recommendations implemented as soon as practicable, as they do not appear to be a priority for Government at the moment,” according to the minutes.

Mr Saunders had outlined the key areas that the Commission would be addressing in the current year. The primary one of these was to carry out the statutory functions assigned to the Commission under the 2001 Act.

He also advised that the Commission would continue to work towards establishing the Decision Support Service, as set out in the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015.

He noted that the latter would be facilitated with the recruitment of the Director of the Decision Support Service.

As reported recently in MI, the Director of the Decision Support Service has taken up their post and will be preparing a plan for all of the resources that this Service will require.

Chief Executive of the Commission Mr Patrick Gilheaney advised that the Department of Health had been in contact with the Department of Justice and Equality on the legislative changes that will be required for the deprivation of liberty legislation.

Also during the meeting, Head of Legal Services Ms Orla Keane updated attendees on activity in the Mental Health Tribunals Division. Information was provided on the limited opportunity for audit of tribunal decisions, which she proposed to discuss with the Legal Aid Board.

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