(A) "Forensic evaluation service" means an evaluation resulting in a written expert opinion regarding a legal issue for an individual referred by a criminal court, domestic relations court, juvenile court, adult parole authority, or other agency of the criminal justice system or a Ohio department of mental health and addiction services (OhioMHAS) operated regional psychiatric hospital. Forensic evaluation service includes all related case consultation and expert testimony. Forensic evaluation service also assists courts and the adult parole authority to address behavioral health legal issues such as those referenced in paragraph (B) of this rule.
(B) Forensic evaluation service addresses behavioral health legal issues, including the following:
(9) Adult parole authority, for parole revocation and other legal questions;
(11) Domestic relations, for custody and visitation;
(12) Juvenile dependency, neglect, delinquency (Ohio rules of juvenile procedure, rule 32), or competency as defined in section 2152.53 of the Revised Code; ; or waiver to adult court, as defined in division (C) of section 2152.12 of the Revised Code ;
(C) No examiner should undertake a forensic evaluation without an appropriate written order from the court ordering the evaluation, or an official written request if the agency requesting the forensic evaluation is a parole or probation department, or OhioMHAS operated regional psychiatric hospital.
(D) Forensic evaluation service shall provide the following standards of confidentiality:
(1) The relationship between the person being evaluated and the examiner is not confidential in the usual understanding of that term. A written report shall be made to the court or adult parole authority, whether or not the person being evaluated cooperates with the examiner. The relationship between the examiner, evaluee, and court or adult parole authority shall be explained orally and in writing to the person being evaluated. It shall be clearly noted that information gathered and expert opinions reached by the examiners shall be summarized in a written report and/or testimony to the court or adult parole authority or other referring agency.
(2) Reports to the criminal courts shall be forwarded only to the court that referred the person or to other court officials, prosecution and defense attorneys, as designated by the referring court. The court may, at its discretion, distribute the report, and bears the responsibility for that distribution. Reports to the adult parole authority shall be forwarded only to that agency, which may, at its discretion, distribute the report, and bears the responsibility for that distribution. Reports may be distributed to other parties only with the written authorization of the court or adult parole authority, or other referring agency.
(3) Reports of forensic evaluations shall be stored separately from other types of client records, and shall be considered the property of the court that ordered them or the agency that referred the person.
(E) Each forensic evaluation report shall include at least the following:
(1) The name and qualifications of the examiner(s);
(2) The name of the court or agency that referred the person;
(3) The legal or referral question being assessed;
(4) Identifying information about the person being evaluated, including relevant clinical, social, and criminal history;
(5) The duration and location of the interview(s) with the person being evaluated;
(6) A description of collateral information used to develop the report;
(7) Psychological and/or psychiatric data that address the legal or referral issue, if applicable; and
(8) Opinions and recommendations.
(F) The forensic evaluation report shall be presented in non-technical terms and in reasonable detail. The data and recommendations shall be pertinent to the legal or other referral question. Relevant collateral information shall be used in a forensic evaluation to the fullest extent possible. Opinions in a forensic evaluation report shall not be based entirely on self-report of the person being evaluated if collateral information is available.
(G) Reports shall contain sufficient information to substantiate the conclusions and recommendations made. Special caution shall be exercised with self-incriminating statements by the person being evaluated, information about others not being evaluated, or other material of a particularly sensitive, personal nature not related to the issue and for which the forensic evaluation was requested.
(H) For competence to stand trial and not guilty by reason of insanity forensic evaluations , the qualifications of the examiner(s) are regulated by sections 2945.37 and 2945.371 of the Revised Code. All other examinations for which qualifications are not specified by law shall be conducted by staff who are qualified according to paragraph (K) of this rule.
(I) Forensic evaluations shall be completed within the time limits specified by law, unless an extension has been granted by the referral source. Examinations for which no statutory time limit exists shall be completed within a reasonable time, as determined in consultation with the court or agency requesting the service.
(J) The agency shall ensure that:
(1) All staff who perform forensic evaluation services shall have training and continuing education relating to the legal and behavioral health issues involved in the services they provide; and
(2) All persons who perform forensic evaluation services listed in paragraphs (B) (1) to (B)(18) of this rule shall provide written documentation of at least twenty-four hours of training every three calendar years that is specific to the forensic behavioral health area.
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 4/14/2017 and 01/01/2023
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 5119.36
Rule Amplifies: 5119.36
Prior Effective Dates: 1/1/1991, 7/15/2001, 10/1/2003, 7/01/2009, 1/9/2011