We offer a wide variety of court-referred services.
Independent Psychological Examination
The Court may order a person (a party in the case or someone in the parties' Legal Decision Making or legal control) to submit to a physical, mental, or vocational evaluation by a designated expert, when any of these issues are in controversy. The Court-appointed evaluator may seek clarification from the Court if the issues of concern are not specified in the Appointment Order. The evaluator has access to all records , reports, and documents, as well as any family member or person necessary to complete the evaluation (teacher, coach, etc.). The evaluator will submit a minimum of one report to the Court and may submit additional reports as requested by the Court.
Limited Family Assessment
A limited family assessment (LFA) is designed to be focused and narrow in scope. Typically, there will be limited interviews and observations with parents and their children; less than a comprehensive Legal Decision Making evaluation. The evaluator will review select paperwork, have fewer external interviews (teacher, babysitter, etc.) and no psychological testing or home visits are completed. Examples of situations when the Court will order an LFA include: the appropriate parenting plan when the Court has already made a finding of child abuse, a finding of substance abuse, or estranged from a parent (or in a paternity case when the father has not had contact) and there is a (re)unification plan desired by the court; changes since the last comprehensive evaluation that may require a modification in the parenting plan; and the type of access best for a young child when there is a long-distance between the parents, but both parents are considered fit. Reports are submitted directly to the Court and attorneys, if represented, or the parties if they are representing themselves, unless the evaluator asserts extraordinary circumstances (imminent life threat, potential for serious harm to a person related to the case). The report that is generated focuses on specific, defined areas.
Supervised Parenting Time
When there is a concern for the safety of welfare of a child during visits with a noncustodial parent, the court may order that the visits be supervised by a behavioral health professional. When this occurs, the Provider observes the activities and overhears the conversation of the parent and child(ren) at all times. A periodic progress report is prepared for the Court.
Therapeutic Interventions cover a range of services, which may vary from reunification, co-parenting counseling, individual counseling or family counseling. The judge might identify specific therapeutic referral issues, including but not limited to relocation, estrangement, child maltreatment and parental substance abuse. Unlike traditional therapy, confidentiality is very limited in Court appointed treatment cases. The Provider completing a Therapeutic Intervention will submit a minimum of one report to the Court and may submit additional reports at the request of the Court.
A Parenting Coordinator is a person meeting the requirements of Rule 74 that is appointed by the court to assist with implementation of court orders by making recommendations to the court regarding implementation, clarification, modification and enforcement of Legal Decision Making and parenting time orders. The Provider serving as a Parenting Coordinator will submit a minimum of one report to the Court and may submit additional reports at the request of the Court.
Please be aware that although we accept most major insurances (including AHCCCS) we cannot guarantee that your services will be covered by your provider. Frequently forensic services are not covered due to not being considered a medical necessity. We will do our best to verify your benefits prior to providing services so you can make an informed decision; but, ultimately you accept responsibility for any outstanding balance.
Descriptions adhere to Arizona Superior Court, family court standards for services offered.