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Title: Organization of Pretrial Forensic Evaluation Services: A National Profile
Journal: Law and Human Behavior  Volume:18  Issue:4  Dated:(August 1994)  Pages:377- 394
Author(s): T Grisso; J J Cocozza; H J Steadman; W H Fisher; A Greer
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
Grant Number: RO1-MH-44623
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A survey obtained standardized data to provide a description of the approaches used in the 50 States and the District of Columbia to obtain court ordered, competence-to- stand-trial and criminal-responsibility evaluations.
Abstract: Respondents were forensic mental health administrators and forensic mental health professionals. Data were obtained for variables that describe the organizational characteristics of the States' pretrial forensic evaluation systems. A typology of the States' systems was developed, based on their predominant reliance on inpatient versus outpatient approaches and on service providers with court referral catchment areas that were statewide, regional, or local. Five types allowed classification of 43 States. The types are described on the major organizational and functional variables used in the survey. The traditional practice of obtaining most court-ordered evaluations from a central inpatient facility has been replaced by a number of oupatient models in all but a few States. These models are more complex than past descriptions would suggest. 7 tables and 28 references
Main Term(s): Court procedures
Index Term(s): Competency to stand trial; Criminal responsibility; Psychological evaluation; Science and Technology
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