Decision-making support website launches in Ireland

Updated: Mar 25, 2021

Decision Support Service
It is expected the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act will effect enormous change in the lives of people with decision-making capacity difficulties.

An important step to establishing a new human rights based framework for people with capacity issues in Ireland has taken place with the launch of a website for the Decision Support Service (DSS) at on 10 August. The DSS is an essential service for all adults who have difficulties with decision-making capacity including people with an intellectual disability, mental illness, acquired brain injury and people with age-related conditions who may need support to make decisions.

The DSS was established by the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 in Ireland and although fully enacted, this act has not yet begun and cross-sectoral preparatory work is ongoing. The act abolishes the current wards of court system and replaces it with a modern, person-centred framework to maximize autonomy for people who need support to make decisions about their personal welfare, property and financial affairs.

It is a significant piece of reforming human rights legislation which provides a modern st