Capacity Assessment Services
Consent and Capacity Board
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“Capacity assessment is a formal assessment of a person’s mental capacity to make decisions about property and/or personal care under the Substitute Decisions Act, 1992 (SDA). Under the SDA, assessments are made in some situations where, as a last resort, individuals need to have someone else make decisions for them on a long-term basis. If a person is found incapable of making decisions regarding property and/or personal care, a guardian may be appointed or a power of attorney may become effective, depending upon the circumstances.”
Questions and Answers on Capacity Assessment, Capacity Assessment Office c/o The Public Guardian and Trustee, September 2002, Ontario, Canada
Hearings are available for individuals incapable of making decisions about personal assistance services, treatment decisions, or admission to a care facility.
Individuals may apply on their own or with the assistance of someone else, i.e.. a member of your staff, a friend, a lawyer, rights advisor or a member of an advocacy group.
Capacity assessment services
There is not charge to the participants for the services of the Board. The Board is publicly funded and requests that all participants assist in keeping costs down
The board has authority to hold hearings to deal with matters such as: Health Care Consent Act, Mental Health Act, Personal Health Information Protection Act, and Substitute Decisions Act.
Further information sheets as well as application forms and detailed contact information for the regional and head offices of the Board can be obtained by calling 1 800 461-2036.