Forensic Psychiatric & Psychological Services
Forensic Psychiatric & Psychological Services
Our Forensics Team is Designed to Collaborate.
Our forensic psychiatrists, psychologists and neuropsychologists take a team approach to ensure your needs are met by professionals with the clinical experience, legal understanding, and qualifications best suited for your criminal or civil cases. From evaluation and assessment to expert testimony, our team members cover a breadth of services and provide detailed recommendations and comprehensive reports that have been extolled by the bench.
When our experts are retained, you can expect clear communication, a detailed fee structure with accurate documentation of all work done, timely comprehensive reports as well as unbiased and independent opinions
- Independent Medical Examination (IME)
- Disability Requests
- Fitness for Duty
- Return to Work
- Personal Injury
- Medical Negligence
- Guardianship and Testamentary Capacity
- Competency to Stand Trial
- Legal Sanity
- Witness Competency
- Child Custody Evaluations
- School and Work Risk Assessments
- Attorney Consultation
- Forensic Report Review
William Sanders, DO
Dr. Sanders received his doctorate of osteopathic medicine degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his Psychiatry residency at Michigan State University. He completed a forensic psychiatry fellowship at the University of Florida. He is Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry by the American College of Osteopathic Neurologists and Psychiatrists and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is also Forensic Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
He provides expert evaluations on:
Fitness for duty
- Personal injury
- Medical negligence
- Child custody and visitation
- Testamentary capacity.
He also provides criminal services including:
- Competency to stand trial
- Legal sanity
- Child abuse
- Witness competency
In the news
Frequently Asked Questions
Forensic psychiatry and psychology are specialty applications of medical and psychological knowledge, research, and assessment techniques used in the service of legal work. It very often involves work with courts, attorney’s, judges and other parties around potential litigation.
Forensic psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors (M.D. or D.O.) and forensic psychologists are licensed clinical psychologists (Ph.D. or Psy.D) who have completed their doctoral training along with additional specialty training and ongoing continuing education related to various interfaces of mental health and the law.
These evaluations are very often ordered by a judge during court proceedings, recommended by a retained lawyer, or required by academic or vocational settings. They can be useful in a wide variety of settings including civil and criminal litigation, disability, risk, and fitness for duty. Our team individually considers each request for forensic assessment to ensure it is an appropriate and answerable forensic question and that it is scheduled with the correct specialist in a timely manner.
This can be done by anyone who needs this specialty assessment but it is most helpful and expedient if the source of the referral (i.e., attorney, human resources director) contacts FPPS directly to clarify the reason and specific needs of the evaluation.
A typical evaluation may consist of:
- A thorough review of pertinent records
- Interviews with relevant parties
- Consultation with attorneys and other professionals
- Administration, scoring and interpretation of reliable and valid psychological assessments
- Comprehensive, timely report
- Participating in court related activities (deposition, testimony)
It will be essential that proper releases of information be completed with one’s attorney and other individuals involved in the evaluation to ensure critical communication can occur in a timely manner. We recommend signing the release with your attorney first so that they can facilitate the proper evaluation.
The cost of a forensic assessment varies based on the specific provider required and breadth of assessment required.
We require a retainer of $500-$1050 (depending on provider specialty) be paid before a forensic evaluation can start. This cost covers the initial two hours of time with the balance being due before the report is released.
Evaluation rates for our providers vary based on specialty from $250 per hour to $350 per hour. These fees include all time reviewing the case, conducting the evaluation, preparing a forensic report, and testifying in court (if required).
With each individual case we strive to give an estimate of the potential costs and will communicate directly with the individual or attorney should there be any significant changes to the overall cost of the assessment. Upon completion you will receive an itemized receipt of all time spent on the evaluation.
Ethically, we are not able to bill insurance for forensic assessment services as these services are not deemed medically necessary which is essential for billing to medical insurance.
We understand that things can change quickly in the legal system and strive to be fair.
For cancellations with notice of more than 48 hours we are able to provide a refund of the retainer fee.
For cancellations with less notice or no notice this fee is forfeited.
We appreciate open and timely communication which allows us to respond appropriately and care for the specific needs of our clients.
A completed report is generated at the completion of the evaluation and released upon full payment. Final reports typically take 1-2 weeks to generate, but if special circumstances require faster reporting it can be discussed and accommodated.
Yes, our experts are able to provide expert opinions in court related to the evaluations performed or other issues that fit within their areas of expertise.
Pine Rest Forensics in the News
- Determining a defendant’s competency using forensic psychology, Fox17 (12/2/16)
- Pine Rest opens new psychological testing center in Byron Center, WOOD (3/8/22)
- Pine Rest discusses brain myths for Brain Facts Week, WOOD (3/15/22)
- Pine Rest talks Brain Injury Awareness Month, WOOD (3/22/22)
- Pine Rest discusses aging concerns & dementia, WOOD (3/29/22)