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Message ID: 8360
Date: 2010-12-04

Author:Dr. Bruce Borkosky, Psy.D PA

Subject:Re: parents with mental illness

My analysis of caselaw and research indicates: - judges are loathe to accept mental disability as an 'excuse', or limiter, based even on ADA law - CPS are ineffective at predicting which parents will recidivate, primarily due to the low base rate of child abuse (one study I recently read, of 2139 parents, of all parents assessed as being high risk, only 28% had another abuse report) - MH professionals routinely perform "psychological" evaluations, not parenting assessments, despite the fact that there is little correlation btn MH problems and child abuse. Further, the evaluations that are performed do not make clear what, if any, correlation there is btn the MH disorder and parenting problems. - MH evaluations tend to focus on the parent's problems, and do not assess coping/protective factors - CPS teams often use a MH diagnosis as the basis for seeking TPR - the future of child abuse risk assessment will be the use of better CPS data collection and actuarial prediction -- Bruce Borkosky, Psy.D. PA Sebring, FL Google 304-8-Dr-Bruce 800-919-9008 fax 813-200-8450 This communication is confidential and privileged. If you are not the intended recipient, please communicate the error immediately, and delete all copies.

My analysis of caselaw and research indicates: - judges are loathe to accept mental disability as an 'excuse', or limiter, based even on ADA law - CPS are ineffective at predicting which parents will recidivate, primarily due to the low base rate of child abuse (one study I recently read, of 2139 parents, of all parents assessed as being high risk, only 28% had another abuse report) - MH professionals routinely perform "psychological" evaluations, not parenting assessments, despite the fact that there is little correlation btn MH problems and child abuse. Further, the evaluations that are performed do not make clear what, if any, correlation there is btn the MH disorder and parenting problems. - MH evaluations tend to focus on the parent's problems, and do not assess coping/protective factors - CPS teams often use a MH diagnosis as the basis for seeking TPR - the future of child abuse risk assessment will be the use of better CPS data collection and actuarial prediction -- Bruce Borkosky, Psy.D. PA Sebring, FL Google 304-8-Dr-Bruce 800-919-9008 fax 813-200-8450 This communication is confidential and privileged. If you are not the intended recipient, please communicate the error immediately, and delete all copies.