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Community care: direct payments for adults who lack capacity to consent

Law Centre (NI) community care information briefing just out: direct payments for adults who lack capacity to consent.

In May 2012, the Department of Health Social Services and Public Safety (NI) issued Guidance entitled
‘‘Direct Payments for Persons who lack Capacity to Consent’’.

The guidance sets out interim arrangements for the provision of direct payments to adults who lack the necessary mental capacity to consent to receive direct payments.

This briefing gives a summary of the guidance. It examines the actions that must be taken by Health and Social Care Trusts in existing direct payments cases and for new applications.

It also highlights the role of the ‘authorised person’ in the context of direct payments provision.

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