Serving Franklin, Jackson, Delaware, Fairfield, Hocking, Ross, Fayette, Licking, Madison, Pickaway, and Union County.
Forensic Services are funded through a contract with Common Pleas and Municipal Courts, and the program is formally certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health. The contract restricts evaluations to very specific legal questions, e.g., Competency to Stand Trial. Forensic evaluations are initiated upon receipt of a court order. Forensic examiners provide comprehensive diagnostic evaluations for the Court of Common Pleas, General (Criminal) Division in an eight county Central Ohio area. The Netcare Forensic Center provides evaluations for criminal court systems and the types of evaluations performed include: Competency to Stand Trial (ORC 2945.371.3); Sanity (ORC 2945.371.4); Domestic Violence (ORC 2919.271), Post-NGRI Commitment (ORC 2945.40), Mitigation of Penalty (capital and non-capital, ORC 2947.06 and 2947.03 respectively), Juvenile Bindover (Rule 30), Juvenile Competency (Rule 32 (A)(4)), Domestic Violence (ORC 2919.271), Informal (current mental status evaluation); Two Year Mandatory (ORC 2945.402), Pre-sentence Investigation (Section 32.2 of the Ohio Rules of Criminal Procedures, including Treatment Recommendations); Intervention in Lieu of Conviction (ORC 2951.041). The content and format of each type of evaluation is determined by the State of Ohio.
Netcare's Family Psychological Services
Netcare's Family Psychological Services, which is located at the Netcare Forensic Center, is comprised of a team of psychologists who provide diagnostic psychological assessment at the request of either Franklin County Children Services or Franklin County Juvenile Court. These referrals seek answers to clinical rather than legal questions. These assessments are more traditional psychological assessments, and typically involve psychological testing as well as a thorough clinical interview. The assessments provide the referral source with answers to specific clinical questions about psychological functioning of the parents or guardians and/or the youth to assist with treatment planning, placement and sentencing.