Fitness for Duty Evaluations have become more common for public safety positions. Courts throughout the United States have ruled that due to the level of trust and power given law enforcement officers, law enforcement agencies have a responsibility to ensure that...read more
Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common conditions that is diagnosed among children. A common misconception is that ADHD only impacts children. Children with ADHD can continue to have signs of ADHD as an adult. An estimated 8.4...read more
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is getting more attention than ever before. Media outlets have done a great job at highlighting the impact of TBI and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) on football players. This extra attention and research are great news for anyone...read more
The most common type of learning disorder evaluation we complete for academic accommodations are dyslexia evaluations. Dyslexia is a specific learning disorder in reading. Individuals with dyslexia have trouble reading accurately and fluently. They might also have...read more
Civil competency is an area that gets significantly less attention than competency in criminal proceedings. It’s definitely not a topic that you are going to see on Law & Order anytime soon. We regularly get questions about civil competency and the mental...read more
The term “diminished capacity” occasionally comes up in the world of forensic psychology. It doesn’t get as much attention as not guilty by reason of insanity (NGRI), but it’s still an important psycho-legal construct that forensic psychologists can evaluate for....read more
What’s the difference between an IEP (individualized education plan) and a 504 plan? The laws and rules regarding academic accommodations, IEPs, and 504 plans can be very confusing for parents. As a parent, you have enough to worry about so I’m going to help answer a...read more
Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity vs. Incompetent to Stand Trial: What’s the Difference Between Them?
The terms insanity and competency are two legal terms that come up often in the criminal justice system. Most people get the two terms mixed up and don’t know the differences between them. We’ve already talked about Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI) and...read more
What does it mean when a defendant pleads, Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI)? You’ve probably heard the term “insanity” thrown around but most people don’t know the legal criteria for an NGRI plea. "Insanity” is a legal term rather than a medical or mental...read more
If you’ve watched enough Law and Order, you’ve probably heard the term “Incompetent to Stand Trial (IST)” or competency to stand trial. We get a lot of questions from attorneys asking us if their clients are competent to stand trial. The rules and laws surrounding...read more
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