halifax, nova scotia

Adult Mental Health and/or Cognitive Assessments for Adults involved with Child Protection Services or M'ikmaw Family and Children's Services of Nova Scotia:

Who do we work with?
Our mental health and/or cognitive assessments are provided for parents involved with child protection services through community organizations such as the Nova Scotia Department of Community Services - Family and Children Services Division, as well as the M'ikmaw Family and Children's Services of Nova Scotia. These assessments are typically requested through the agency because an individual has been experiencing difficulty in their functioning as a parent and/or has not responded well to agency services that have been provided (e.g., Family Support Work, counselling, etc.). Clients that we serve have often experienced trauma (e.g., domestic violence), have experienced challenges with learning (e.g., learning disability, intellectual disability) and/or have a significant mental health condition (e.g., bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder).

What do we do?
These assessments evaluate an individual's cognitive and academic abilities. Depending on the individual the following abilities may be assessed:

These assessments also evaluate an individual's current mental health functioning. We routinely review diagnostic criteria for the following disorders using validated and standardized measures such as the Structured Clinical Interview for Diagnosis (SCID-5):

Additional disorders and personality traits/patterns may be reviewed depending on the individual.

An adult mental health and/or cognitive assessment report for parenting:

What does the assessment consist of?

Cost:

Cognitive Assessment to assess if the client has cognitive limitations that may impact parenting: $2800.00
(33 hours x $85.00/hour)

Mental Health Assessment to assess if the client has mental health problems that may be impacting parenting: $2800.00 (33 hours x $85.00/hour)

Cognitive + Mental Health Assessment: $4000.00 (47 hours x $85.00/hour)

Substantial Background Review: $510.00 (6 hours x $85.00/hour)
To review extensive amounts of background files (e.g., many years of CPS case recordings and court proceedings, medical files, out-of-province child protection files, mental health or counselling notes, etc.) we may charge up to an additional 6 hours of time. The psychologist will discuss the potential for additional billing with the social worker managing the case once the background documents for review are received.

No-Show Policy - If the client doesn't show up on the day of the assessment without notice, the psychologist may choose to invoice part of the assessment cost that day (i.e., $510 of the $2800), as we generally spend significant amounts of time before the client arrives reviewing the background documents and preparing for the assessment. The rest of the cost would be billed at the time of the report (e.g., $2040 remaining of the $2800).

All mental health and/or cognitive assessments for parenting are conducted by our psychologists who are registered with Policy 75.

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