About Court-Ordered Clinical Evaluations

We perform comprehensive evaluations of children, adolescents, and their families who are parties in a variety of legal matters in response to questions posed by the Court. Our evaluations may involve forensic interviews, historical record review, consultation with collateral contacts, and, in some cases, psychological testing. Types of evaluations include:

Evaluations of children and adolescents who are before the Court due to delinquent behavior:

  • Disposition evaluations to aid the Court in developing intervention plans
  • Competency to Stand Trial (CST) evaluations
  • Criminal Responsibility (CR) evaluations (under specific conditions)

Evaluations of children and adolescents who are before the Court as the subjects of Child Requiring Assistance-CRA Petitions (formerly Child in Need of Services-CHINS petitions) due to status offenses

  • Runaway Evaluation
  • Stubborn Child Evaluation (chronic failure to obey guardian)
  • Habitual School Offender Evaluation (chronic failure to obey school rules)
  • Truancy Evaluation

Evaluations of children and/or their parents or guardians who are before the court as parties in Care and Protection matters:

  • Parental fitness evaluations
  • Evaluations of a parent’s mental health functioning as it impacts parenting capabilities
  • Evaluations of a child’s vulnerabilities as they impact his or her special care and custody needs
  • Evaluations of a parent’s Competence to Proceed in a Care and Protection matter

Same-Day Emergency Mental Health Screenings

  • Evaluations (pursuant to MGL Chapter 123 Section 35) to assess a person’s need for civil commitment due to substance abuse
  • Evaluations (pursuant to MGL Chapter 123 Section 12) to assess a person’s need for civil commitment due to symptoms of mental illness that pose a threat of harm to the person or others
 Additional JCCP Services
  • Expert witness testimony
  • Psychological testing reports
  • Ongoing consultation to judges, probation officers, attorneys, Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs), Guardian Ad Litems (GALs), school staff, and caseworkers for state agencies (DMH, DYS, DCF, DDS)
  • Short-term case management
  • Psychoeducational groups for Court-involved children and adolescents on a variety of topics including anger management, emotional regulation, life skills, and substance abuse prevention and recovery


As part of the program's overall voluntary contribution to the academic and clinical mission of MGH, members of the JCCP can provide limited consultation services to MGH clinicians whose clients are involved with the Juvenile Court


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