The Act introduces a new legal framework for supported decision-making in Ireland. It includes new statutory principles and practical supports for persons who may have difficulties with their decision-making capacity, including but not limited to persons with an intellectual disability, psychiatric illness, acquired brain injury, or age-related condition, such as dementia. Currently, the only process for citizens to get state support for persons who may have difficulties with their decision-making capacity is through the Wards of Court process.
Following the commencement of the Act, Court applications will be made through the Circuit Court with limited exceptions. Assisted Decision Making (ADM) is a completely different way to support people and families who may have difficulties making decisions.