Psychological Evaluations

  • Psychological evaluations
  • Court-involved assessments by our experts
    • Risk assessments
    • Parenting assessments
    • Psychological assessments

FAQs for Attorneys

CSI has a number of programs that offer evaluations for 3 main purposes:

Design and Plan Psychotherapy and Differential Diagnosis

  • Psychological Testing including intelligence, personality, and brain damage screening assessments and diagnostic interviews.

Risk and Trauma Assessments for Case Management

  • Rapid Assessment: 3 Hour of individualized diagnostic interview, record review, and case worker consultation service and reports used in court and case management decision making.
  • Psychological Testing to establish levels of trauma, intellectual capacity, existence of learning disabilities, suicidal potential, and placement recommendations.
  • Rapid Assessment: 3 Hour of individualized diagnostic interview, record review, and case worker consultation service and reports used in court and case management decision making.

Parenting Assessments for Care and Protection

  • Home and Community Based Parenting Assessments performed as part of a Care and Protection Petition.
  • CPCS Experts: CSI offers some of the area’s most well recognized experts in the fields of child and family mental health, child abuse, learning disabilities, domestic violence, psychological testing, childhood victimization, and attachment.
  • Brief Parenting: CSI also offers a 3 hour brief parenting consultation and report for case managers and DSS Lead Agencies.  All court services additional.

FAQ for Attorneys

What Services Are Available?

CSI offers 2 main types of assessments.

The first is a traditional psychological testing battery administered to a child or adult. Often, these evaluations are useful to help capture your client’s current personality strengths. In C&P cases, parents are trapped by their past which is constantly used to justify unfitness in 210 cases.

The second is a parenting evaluation which involves an expert visiting and observing parent and child interactions. This type of evaluation is useful if a parent has invested years in parenting and the children want contact. This is a so called “bonding” assessment, which is a generic term for observations of parent and child interactions with an eye for attachment and emotional connection indicators.  This can be used in asserting the “best interest of the child” when a parent has not invested the time and wants to make a dramatic, last-minute attempt to parent. Children’s relationship within pre-adoptive settings can be documented. For example, the negative impact of disrupting a child well settled into a pre-adoptive family can be predicted based on a thorough evaluation of the child’s current life circumstances.

Both assessments can involve record reviews, attorney consultation, and field visits at various locations. Expert testimony can be offered in the fields of psychological evaluation & child and family mental health.

Who Are Your Experts?

Frank C. Sacco, Ph.D.President of CSI, Scholar in Residence for CSI’s Pre-Doctoral Internship & Child and Family Mental Health Expert 
Mark Gapen, Ph.D.Massachusetts Licensed Psychologist, Senior Faculty & Supervisor & Manager of CSI’s Pre-Doctoral Internship
Robert Storey, Ed.D.Massachusetts Licensed Psychologist; Senior Psychologist, Psychological Evaluation Expert
Belser Louie, Ph.D., Massachusetts Licensed Psychologist, Supervisor CSI’s Pre-Doctoral Internship Program

How Do I Access and Pay for These Services?

CSI offers services primarily to CPCS for indigent clients.  Experts are also available for Probate cases with psychologists available for APA style child custody assessments.

CPCS cases require a motion asking for the expert services needed. Once the motion is secured, it must be sent to CSI:

CSI Legal Services
Attn: Psychological Coordinator

Boston, Office 
CSI Legal Services
Attn: Psychological Coordinator

An expert can be scheduled. Experts are also available to assist Attorney’s by phone in the preparation of motions and creating a strategy for the use of an expert. A phone consultation can easily be arranged by contacting Laura at the above telephone number.  

How Much is a Typical Assessment?

All services are billed at $200 per dollar for Ph.D. experts and $150 for Senior Social Work Experts. A typical psychological evaluation or parenting is $1,500 for the clinical work in a simple case. Testimony is billed separately.  All services are door to door with 15 minute minimal phone consultation billing units. Services are billed monthly.

How Long Does It Take To Receive a Report?

CSI experts will provide immediate phone feedback to attorneys. Written reports generally require 3-4 weeks. RUSH jobs are welcome and can be requested with less than a 1-2 week turnaround.

How Long Will I Have To Wait for An Expert Appointment?

In most cases, a CSI expert can be scheduled within 1-2 weeks.

Where Can a CSI Expert Conduct an Evaluation?

CSI experts are mobile and flexible.  Evaluations can be arranged throughout the State of Massachusetts. Travel expenses will vary and can be estimated prior to assessment.