World Autism Awareness Week 29 March – 4 April 2021: providing advocacy support for people with Autism

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Connected Voice Advocacy has a team of trained advocates to work specifically with autistic people who are detained under the Mental Health Act.

We deliver the Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA) role to the Mitford Unit, a specialist adult in-patient unit located in Northgate Hospital, Morpeth, for adults with an autism spectrum disorder. The advocates ensure that the patient understands their rights under the Mental Health Act, provides a route to challenge their mental health section and fights for access to the services that may be based in the community or family support, training and vocational activities. The IMHA ensures that the patient is actively involved in the often complex planning for discharge to the community, to make sure the placement is fit for purpose and gives the patient every chance of independent supported living in the community.

Connected Voice Advocacy also support adults with an autism spectrum disorder or neurological condition who are living in the community. Our advocates help them with accessing better health and social care support or ensuring they are central to their care planning and safeguarding.

Contact us if you or someone you know needs advocacy support. To find out more about autism go to the National Autistic Society

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