Important Information for Nurse Practitioners NEW Supported Decision-Making and Representation Act
The Supported Decision-Making and Representation Act, also known as Bill 20 in the New Brunswick Legislature, received Royal Assent on December 16, 2022 and came into force January 1, 2024.
The Supported Decision-Making and Representative Act allows adults 19 years of age or older in New Brunswick with an intellectual disability to retain the presumption of capacity and make decisions with the assistance and support they require. The Act defines capacity and outlines how assistance supports the decision-making process. The Act replaces New Brunswick’s Infirm Persons Act.
In accordance with the Act, a nurse practitioner (NP) lawfully entitled to practice in the province is identified as an assessor and authorized to complete the capacity assessment and record the results of the assessment conducted for the purposes of a court application under the Act, as set out in the NEW BRUNSWICK REGULATION 2023-66 under the Supported Decision-Making and Representation Act.
A capacity assessment is considered to be an entry-level competency for NPs. NP assessors must ensure they have the required knowledge, skill and competency to complete the capacity assessment as outlined in the Act.
If you have any questions, please contact Practiceconsultation@nanb.nb.ca.