Evaluations and Assessments

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Alyssa Warren, MS, LMHC, CFMHE, CCCE is a Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator (CFMHE) and Certified Child Custody Evaluator (CCCE). Ms. Warren has extensive training and experience with both evaluations and assessments and can provide quality services in this area of expertise.

 

Basic Assessments

  • Substance Abuse Assessment: You made need a substance abuse assessment due to legal issues, family issues, physician or employer request. A substance abuse assessment determines if a clinical substance or alcohol use disorder exists and whether or not education or treatment is recommended to minimize risks in the future. This substance abuse assessment includes a one hour interview, 2 testing measurements, and a written report that will be done in 14 business days or less after your initial appointment. Once the report is done and you receive it, is your choice whom you share it with.
  • Mental Health Assessment: Courts, prosecutors, attorneys, and adoption agencies often ask for a mental health assessment if you have received a legal charge of disorderly conduct, domestic violence or any incident that involved an altercation that resulted in law enforcement investigating. Incidents such as this could involve any number of mental health conditions such as depression. Regardless of the reason for the request, your assessment will provide you with a professionally prepared report that includes professional recommendation if need be and whether or not a clinical issue seems to exist or does not exist. This mental health assessment includes a one hour interview, 2 testing measurements, and a written report that will be done in 14 business days or less after your initial appointment. Once the report is done and you receive it, is your choice whom you share it with.

Forensic Evaluations

Forensic evaluations refer to comprehensive evaluations that intersect with the legal profession. In these matters, a licensed mental health professional is called into legal proceedings to provide objective and comprehensive evaluation services on particular areas of psychology.

  • Mental Health Evaluation: Mental Health Evaluations are conducted for the purpose of determining a course of therapeutic treatment or simply to establish facts, such as mental competency, for use in the legal system. The licensed mental health professional is asked by an attorney, state agency, or court to evaluate an individual, the licensed mental health professional may evaluate the person’s mental competency to help determine facts in a legal case, but therapeutic treatment is not indicated. When a licensed mental health professional is assessing an individual for treatment, the emphasis is less on determining the facts of a case and more on identifying the person’s problems and deciding on an appropriate treatment plan based on the full evaluation including testing and assessments.
  • Substance Abuse Evaluation: Substance Abuse Evaluations are conducted for the purpose of determining a course of therapeutic treatment or simply to establish facts for substance abuse issues and/or addiction for use in the legal system. The licensed mental health professional is asked by an attorney, state agency, or court to evaluate an individual, the licensed mental health professional may evaluate the person to help determine facts in a legal case, but therapeutic treatment is not indicated. When a licensed mental health professional is assessing an individual for treatment, the emphasis is less on determining the facts of a case and more on identifying the person’s problems and deciding on an appropriate treatment plan based on the full evaluation including testing and assessments.
  • Child Custody Evaluation: Child custody evaluations are in-depth psychological evaluations of parents and children when the issues of plans for custody and visitation schedules are raised. The licensed mental health professional meets with members of the family, typically together and separately, to arrive at conclusions regarding a custody or visitation plan. The evaluations typically require several visits with the family, collateral interviews with others involved with the family, review of records and court documents, and psychological testing. The judge in the case may ask the evaluating clinician to provide testimony in court regarding findings and recommendations.

If you need an assessment or  evaluation services, please call or email Innovative Direction to set up an appointment today.

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