Jeff Gallup LPC-S, the owner of Mansfield Counseling, is one of the few professionals in Texas that holds the Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator (CFMHE) credential through the National Board of Forensic Evaluators with more than 15 years of clinical mental health experience. This certification is gained through additional training in forensic evaluation and having specific expertise in evaluating both adults and children involved with the legal system. Services include comprehensive mental health evaluations for adolescents and adults involved in the criminal, civil, and family law legal systems.
In the juvenile justice arena, a forensic evaluation can help the court determine a juvenile’s diagnosis, amenability to treatment, eligibility for being tried in adult court, and risk for future violence or aggressiveness. Evaluations of competency to waive rights, competency to participate in delinquency proceedings, and competency to stand trial as an adult. Also, forensic assessment can evaluate youths tried in adult court who raise an “insanity” defense.
Additionally, evaluations can be of use for children involved in civil litigation. These evaluations include assessing mental health damages resulting from personal injury, exposure to toxins, and loss of a parent or close family member.
Examples of forensic evaluations in the civil arena include assessing causality related to personal injury claims, competency to make a will, guardianship of the person and estate, need for a conservatorship, impaired professionals, and claims under the American with Disabilities Act.
Forensic evaluations in the criminal arena encompass a wide variety of mental health evaluations. Examples include competency to waive rights, competency to confess, competency to stand trial, competency to be sentenced, and the determination of mental health factors related to mitigation.
Because of extensive expertise, training, and knowledge in both the assessment and treatment, Jeff can provide specialized assessments that require expert evaluation of disability, mental health diagnosis, loss of function, risk to self or community, and other forensic issues.
Call us at 214-952-2324 to discuss your specific needs, and we can craft a plan to answer your questions.