Rhode Island Resource Directory

A Guide to Services Associated with RI 2-1-1

Forensic Mental Health Evaluation

Code: RP-5000.2000

Programs that provide an assessment of the mental health status of individuals who are involved in criminal or civil law cases at the request of the court or an attorney who is attempting to evaluate the situation. Forensic evaluations are completed by mental health personnel (generally psychiatrists or psychologists) who have additional training in the law; and may address any of a wide range of issues such as an individual's fitness to stand trial (i.e., their ability to assist in their own defense), the competency of the accused at the time of a crime, waiver of Miranda rights, the validity of an insanity plea, the legitimacy of a stress-related illness claim arising from an individual's employment, the extent of brain damage that may have occurred in a head injury case, a child's ability to testify or a person's competency to manage his or her own affairs. Forensic evaluations may also be done in situations involving juvenile justice issues, child abuse, child custody disputes, termination of parental rights and other cases that are being heard in juvenile court or family law court.

See Also:

Criminology Research (TR-8000.1500)

Court Ordered DUI Evaluations (RX-0400.1600)

Forensic Psychiatry (RP-6400.2000)

Forensic Dentistry (LV-1600.2300)

Forensic Genetic Testing (LF-5350.2000)

Expert Witnesses (FJ-1800)