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(p. 97) Preparation for the Evaluation 

(p. 97) Preparation for the Evaluation
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(p. 97) Preparation for the Evaluation
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Debra A. Pinals

and Douglas Mossman

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780195329148.003.0004
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date: 30 October 2020

Chapter 4 describes the structure of and preparation processes for civil commitment evaluations undertaken with the expectation that cross-examination and fact-finder decision making will subject clinical findings and opinions to careful scrutiny. This includes the relationship between the evaluator and evaluee, statutory and case law constraints, matters of attorney representation, issues in identifying the specific questions within the referral, locating ‘collateral’ data, access to the respondent and obtaining consent, and ethical issues.

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