Independent Mental Health Advocacy Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) A statutory requirement, to support people who are detained under particular sections of the Mental Health Act, in order to help them understand, exercise their rights and ensure their involvement in treatment and care planning. Referrals to Trafford Advocacy Service (TAS) TAS will accept referrals from anyone, including; health and social care practitioners, service providers, community organisations, housing associations, families, friends and people themselves. Advocacy referrals should be made on the initial form and sent to the Advocacy Hub at Trafford CIL, details below. Referrals can be made by phone, email, post or online and support is available to help people make referrals in person or over the phone. Following a referral an advocate will be in touch to acknowledge its receipt and to get more information about the reasons behind it. IMHA, IMCA and Care Act referrals can still be made via existing channels by practitioners. Downloadable forms and resources TAS Referral Form (word doc)Advocacy Charter (pdf)Waiting List Policy (pdf)Non-disclosure Form for Translators (word doc)TAS Easy Read (pdf) (If you require these documents in any other accessible formats then please contact us) Contact For more information about advocacy please contact:Advocacy TeamTelephone: 0161 850 0645E-mail: [email protected] TAS Hub will be open Monday to Friday 10:00 – 4:00 (answerphone out of hours), advocacy support can be provided flexibly beyond these hours depending on the needs of those involved.