Mentally ill offenders isolated arbitrarily

Stephen Ragusea’s recent article raised a number of issues about prison mental health care. As a correctional practitioner, I can’t disagree with his analysis, but I would hasten to say this is not a new problem. For decades, numerous authors as well as the federal courts have identified problems about sufficient access to care as […]

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  • Assessing juveniles’ competence to stand trial

    In criminal proceedings, forensic psychologists must at times address the competency of juvenile defendants to stand trial. As with adult defendants, an inquiry regarding competence to stand trial starts with the criteria set forth by the U.S. Supreme Court in Dusky v. United States (1960). The core questions to be addressed involve (1) the defendant’s […]

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  • Test security must be maintained

    ”So, here’s a scenario for you. A lawyer refers a male patient to a psychologist for evaluation. The psychologist says to the patient, “Here, take this MMPI home with you, complete it and return it to me when you come in for your appointment tomorrow.” See any ethical problems? A few weeks later, the lawyer […]

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  • Ethics for psychologists: Legal, clinical and ethical implications of legalized marijuana

    Recently the APA Ethics Office was approached with a question: What implications does the legalization of marijuana in two jurisdictions have on psychology ethics? The question has no immediate or obvious answer. Issues will undoubtedly emerge over time as psychologists work within these jurisdictions and between jurisdictions that have different legal approaches to the use […]

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  • Larger bonuses & penalties coming for Medicare

    Medicare’s current emphasis on pay-for-reporting will likely shift to pay-for-performance in which providers could earn bonuses or penalties of 4 percent in 2018 and up to 12 percent in 2021 and beyond. In order to abolish the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and avert a 23.7 percent rate reduction in Medicare reimbursement, bipartisan companion bills […]

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  • Bariatric surgery patients need sex counseling

    Obesity is associated with life-threatening co-morbid conditions including type-2 diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and certain cancers. Given the severe consequences of obesity and the short-term results with traditional diet programs, many American adults undergo bariatric surgery for weight loss. Pre-operative psychosocial assessments are often required to determine appropriateness for surgery, as well as post-operative risk […]

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  • Indiana psychologist on mission to Mars

    It’s not every day that one gets to realize a childhood dream and at the same time contribute to science and represent one’s profession in a high profile role. As a young boy growing up in the 1960s, I followed the space race and idolized the astronauts the way most boys worship major sports figures. […]

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