Independent Mental Health Advocate service
The IMHA service was introduced by the Mental Health Act 2007, coming into force on 3/11/10 in Wales and 1/4/09 in England.
- Mental Health Act 2007 Explanatory Notes - page 19
- New Independent Mental Health Advocate scheme - commencement orders etc
Department of Health
- Independent mental health advocates: supplementary guidance on access to patient records under section 130B of the Mental Health Act 1983 - published 5/5/09
- IMHA Myth Buster - published 6/2/09
- Independent advocacy qualifications - published 5/2/09
- Department of Health, 'Liberating the NHS: Legislative framework and next steps' (Cm 7993, 2010) (December 2010). Para 2.53 states: 'Responsibility for commissioning independent mental health advocacy under the Mental Health Act will also move from PCTs to local authorities, together with the role of the supervisory body in respect of hospitals under the Mental Capacity Act deprivation of liberty safeguards. However, owing to its highly specialised nature, mental health advocacy will not be a part of the NHS complaints advocacy services that local authorities will be able to commission from HealthWatch.'
NIMHE: Independent Mental Health Advocacy: Guidance for Commissioners - published 18/12/08
Mental Health Act 1983 IMHA Guidance: Commissioning the IMHA service - Welsh Assembly Government