“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.”
Mentally incapable adults who have no one else to act on their behalf.
Training provided to the following health care professionals: doctors, nurses, psychologists, registered social workers and occupational therapists.
Capacity assessment services
There is a Financial Assistance Program available to cover the cost of an assessment in situations where an individual (not an institution or agency) is requesting it and cannot afford the fees. Contact Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee for further details.
The Capacity Assessment Office is responsible for the training of capacity assessors, providing financial assistance for those unable to pay the full cost of a required assessment and the development of the assessment guidelines.
For further information about the Capacity Assessment Office read the Ministry
of the Attorney General’s – The Capacity Assessment Office: Questions and Answer.