The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019 received Royal Assent on the 16th May 2019, this legislation will introduce a new model for authorising deprivations of liberty in care replacing DoLs with the Liberty Protection Safeguards. The new law will likely come into force in spring 2020 running alongside the DoLs for the first year.
“The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019 has now received Royal Assent and become law. The legislation provides for the repeal of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) contained in the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA), and their replacement with a new scheme called the Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS)… The government has not yet announced the date on which the legislation will come into force. But it is possible that this could take place in Spring 2020. The government has confirmed that for up to a year the DoLS system will run alongside the LPS to enable those subject to DoLS to be transferred to LPS in a managed way.