Principles-Based Analysis of Change in Forensic Mental Health Assessment During a Global Pandemic   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Document: "The impact of the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic has been far-reaching. Among other things, it has forced the reexamination of numerous aspects of professional procedures associated with law, psychiatry, psychology, and the forensic mental health assessments (FMHA) provided for courts and attorneys. In a relatively short period, we have witnessed the rapid spread of the virus, resulting in the public health-driven suspension of legal proceedings and closing of secure correctional facilities to official visitors. Any attempt to consider how forensic psychiatry and forensic psychology will function over the next five years may well be misleading because practice will depend on how quickly we witness the development of effective prevention and treatment of COVID-19. [...] In this editorial, we consider how the COVID-19 pandemic might affect FMHA. In a recent (but prepandemic) survey of forensic experts and legal professionals, the forensic experts expressed some openness to the use of videoconferencing technology in FMHA, although less enthusiasm was observed among legal professionals. Both groups cited challenges that included establishing rapport with evaluees and technical difficulties associated with videoconferencing; forensic experts also noted concerns that certain measures could not be administered, relevant behavioral data would be lost, and the risk of a confidentiality breach would be heightened. This editorial considers each of these challenges."

American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
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Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (July 6, 2020), v.48 no.3, p.293-301
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