Clinical Services

The Law & Psychiatry Service (LPS) is a forensic mental health consulting, training, and research practice within the MGH Department of Psychiatry and Harvard Medical School.

Juvenile Court Consultation Program (JCCP)

JCCP provides court-ordered clinical assessment and consultation services to the Juvenile Courts of Suffolk and Norfolk counties

About Our Services

The LPS provides comprehensive consultation and litigation support services to attorneys, the courts, government agencies, corporations, and other organizations that confront issues at the intersection of the legal system and mental health professions. As part of a world-renowned medical center, the LPS has the resources to provide state of the art evaluations and diagnostic procedures including psychological and neuropsychological testing.

The LPS accepts litigation-related consultation requests from attorneys, insurers, employers, public agencies, and organizations of all types. We also are available to consult with individuals and family members regarding mental health issues related to employment and other matters. Our staff members serve as expert witnesses only through consultation to licensed attorneys.

Areas of ExpertiseOur experienced clinicians are available for consultation, litigation support, and expert testimony on a wide range of matters at the interface of law and mental health, as indicated in the following list.

Civil

· Allegations of professional negligence

· Americans with Disabilities Act and Ch. 151B

· Assessment of emotional damages in personal injury matters

· Civil commitment

· Competency to make treatment decisions

· Disability insurance evaluations and litigation

· Duty to protect third parties

· Guardianship and conservatorship, including treatment refusal

· Guardians ad litem (adult)

· Informed consent to treatment

· Psychological injury in toxic tort and industrial accident cases

· Sexual harassment

· Sexual misconduct by clinicians and other professionals

· Risk management for clinicians

· Testamentary capacity and undue influence

· Violence risk assessment

· Sexual Dangerous Person (SDP) Evaluations

· Sexual Violent Predator (SVP) Evaluation

· Sexual Offender/Sexual Violence Risk Assessments

Criminal

 

· Competency to stand trial

· Competency to waive rights

· Correctional mental health

· Criminal responsibility and diminished capacity

· Domestic violence and Battered Women’s Syndrome

· Extortion and blackmail


Other Non-litigation Consultation Services

· Assessment of allegedly disruptive physicians and other professionals

· Consultation to law enforcement and security agencies, including screening for job suitability

· Development of workplace violence policies

· Fitness for duty evaluations

· Investigation of allegations of sexual harassment

· Threat assessments in employment settings

· Violence in the workplace assessments and interventions