For a list of Behavioral Health Providers in your area, click that area in the map below.
The Behavioral Health Provider Roster identifies evaluators who provide a variety
of services, all of which are described below. Inclusion on the Court Roster is intended to indicate the provider
meets the requirements set forth in statute or rule, is licensed, and has avowed to complete the Court's required training.
The Court Roster is comprised, in part, based on information from the provider. As such, the Court does not warrant the
accuracy of information on the Court Roster and shall not be liable for any losses caused by such reliance on such information.
The Court Roster is provided for your convenience, and you are encouraged to do your independent research in choosing a
provider. You are no required to use a provider on the Court Roster.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR INCLUSION ON THE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ROSTER
Applicants must disclose whether he/she has been arrested, charged or convicted
of a felony, regardless of when the arrest, charge, or conviction occurred, for
determination by the Court as to the appropriateness of inclusion of the Applicant
on the Court Roster.
If an applicant has had any disciplinary action rendered against him/her by any
regulating agency or court pertaining to the service or conduct which is related
to the services that are the subject of the Court Roster 3 years prior to submitting
the Registration Form, the Court may exclude the applicant from participation on
The applicant must not be under any current limitations by any regulating agency
or court pertaining to the service or conduct which is related to the services that
are the subject of the Court Roster.
The applicant must reveal any present or past conduct that might affect his/her
ability to provide the service or conduct which is related to the services to be
provided within the role on the Court Roster for which he/she is applying.
Licensure of Certification:
An applicant for this Roster must meet one of these qualifications:
- Psychiatrist: A physician who is licensed to practice medicine by the State
of Arizona pursuant to Title 32, Chapter 13, and a Medical Doctor or Chapter 17
as a Doctor of Osteopathy, and who is Board Certified in Psychiatry or Board eligible
- Psychologist: A person who is licensed to practice psychology by the State
of Arizona pursuant to Title 32, Chapter 19.1;
- Behavioral Health Professional: A person who has a masters degree and who
is certified by the State of Arizona pursuant to Title 32, Chapter 33 as a social
worker, counselor, marriage and family therapist, substance abuse counselor.
- Registered Nurse or Nurse Practitioner: A person who is licensed by the State
of Arizona Board of Nursing with a sub-specialty in mental health and has a masters
- Attorney: A person who is licensed by the State of Arizona to practice law
and is in active standing.
TRAINING REQUIREMENTS FOR PROVIDERS ON THE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ROSTER
- The Court requires any person on this roster to meet the following minimum requirements
outlined in Arizona Family Law and Rules 25-406 C:
Six initial hours of domestic violence training
Six initial hours of child abuse training
Four subsequent hours of training every two years on domestic violence and child
- The Court also requires any person on this roster to meet the following additional
Eight hours of forensically relevant continuing education every two years (which
may include the four hours of domestic violence and child abuse training required
Forensic Mental Health training topics could include but is not limited to psychological
issues for separated or divorced families, child development, alienation of children,
relocation issues, high conflict families, impact of high conflict on children,
adults, and families, report writing, family court law, cultural diversity, interviewing
and assessment skills, role boundaries, informed consent, mandated reporting of
abuse, and testimonial issues.
- Post licensure experience and a minimum of 40 hours of initial training in the service
area provided are preferred.
SELECTION OF A PROVIDER
There are two different ways a Provider can be appointed.
- Tier One - Stipulation by parties: Parties or their counsel, if represented, may
select a provider to provide the type of service ordered by the court.
- Tier Two - Selection by Judicial Officer: If the parties cannot agree on a provider,
the parties shall each exchange three names, and each party shall be entitled to
strike one name from the other party's list. The parties shall submit one joint
list to the court of the four or more remaining providers without identification
as to who has nominated the providers. The Court will then select one of the names.
- Tier Three - Based on discussion with the parties or absent the above information from the
parties the judge will appoint a provider on their own motion.
PAYMENT TO THE PROVIDER
Unless otherwise ordered by the Court, parties shall pay the provider fees as published
on the Roster or as otherwise negotiated between the parties and the provider. Fees
vary and can be either hourly or a flat fee depending on the service provider.
The Court assumes no responsibility for the collection of fees owing to the individual
Providers because of services to persons who contacted the Providers after viewing
the Court Roster.
Pursuant to A.R.S. § 32-2081 grievances related to the professional conduct of a provider shall be in writing.
It shall be filed in, a copy provided to the other party and the assigned Judge.
Definition of a CLDME
A comprehensive Legal Decision Making evaluation (CLDME) is a process in which both parents
and their children are seen for an evaluation resulting from changes in relationships.
This in-depth study is generated to assist the Court in making findings and orders
for the family and can only be done by court order. Comprehensive Legal Decision Making evaluations
are ordered when there are questions that can include one or more of the following:
significant drug and alcohol abuse; family violence and child abuse; allegations
of significant mental health problems in one or both parents; questions of parental
fitness; concerns about alienation against one parent; requests by one parent to
move with the children away from the other parent; and general concerns about significant
conflict between the parents and its overall impact on the children.
In a comprehensive evaluation, the court-appointed mental health professional will
meet with each parent and the children, together and separately, review court records
and other paperwork submitted by the parties, and speak with collateral witnesses
who have contact with the family (teachers, etc). Depending on the provider and
the details of the case, psychological testing, parenting questionnaires, and home
visits may be part of the evaluation.
Comprehensive Legal Decision Making Evaluation Report
At the end of the evaluation, a report will be written with the evaluator's observations,
findings, and conclusions. The report addresses the concerns and provides a detailed
recommendation on the issues presented, with supporting reasons and facts. Additionally,
reports can have specific ideas about ways to reduce conflict in the future so the
court can fashion orders consistent with them even if it goes beyond Legal Decision Making/parenting
Reports are submitted directly to the Court and attorneys, if represented, or the
parties if they are representing themselves, unless the evaluator asserts extraordinary
circumstances (imminent life threat, potential for serious harm to a person related
to the case).
Arizona Family Law and Rules 25--406G requires reports to be mailed at least 10
days prior to the Court hearing, but the Judge may set other deadlines.
Arizona Family Law and Rules 25--403A outlines the 10 factors that the Court should
consider when determining or modifying Legal Decision Making, and therefore all Legal Decision Making evaluation
reports should address those factors.
- The wishes of the child's parent or parents as to Legal Decision Making.
- The wishes of the child.
- Thin interaction and interrelationship of the child with the child's parent or parents,
the child's siblings and any other person who may significantly affect the child's
- The child's adjustment to home, school and community.
- The mental and physical health of all individuals involved.
- Which parent is more likely to allow the child frequent and meaningful continuing
contact with the other parent.
- Whether one parent, both parents, or neither parent has provided primary care of
- The nature and extent of coercion and duress used by a parent in obtaining an agreement
regarding Legal Decision Making.
- Whether a parent has complied with chapter 3, article 5 of this title.
- Whether either parent was convicted of an act of false reporting of child abuse
of neglect under 13-2907.02.
Scheduling Comprehensive Legal Decision Making Evaluations
The evaluator should not have ex-parte (action taken without notice to the adverse
party or participation by that party) discussions with the parties and/or counsel,
but should conduct all communication through conference calls or conferences, unless
agreed upon otherwise by the parties and counsel. The evaluator may have ex-parte
contact with the Court regarding scheduling matters.
Attorneys for both parties or the parties if representing themselves should make
contact with the evaluator to make appointments; the Court will not make the appointment.
All arrangements for appointments, cancellations, payment of fees, termination of
service, and other related matters of service quality and delivery are between the
Provider and the client.
Each party has the right to call the evaluator as a witness to testify at a subsequent
FORENSIC HOME STUDY
There are two types of forensic home studies: (1) brief home visit and (2) extended
clinical home study; either type can be stand-alone or augment a Legal Decision Making evaluation.
The brief home visit is short, generally an hour or less, with the evaluator reviewing
the living conditions in the home that the parent claims to have for the children,
to ensure the neighborhood, living arrangements, and supplies (food, furniture,
etc.) are adequate.
In addition to the data gathered in the brief home visit, the extended clinical
home study includes observations and interviews of the various family members and
often can last between 3-6 hours. Clinical interviews are conducted with any of
the individuals in the household, including the children individually or in tandem
with others. The family must stay home during the entire home study.
A report is generated from each type of Home Study and supplied to the Court and
attorneys for the parties or directly to the parties if they are representing themselves.
INDEPENDENT PSYCHOLOGICAL EXAMINATION
The Court may order a person (a party in the case or someone in the parties' Legal Decision Making
or legal control) to submit to a physical, mental, or vocational evaluation by a
designated expert, when any of these issues are in controversy. The Court-appointed
evaluator may seek clarification from the Court if the issues of concern are not
specified in the Appointment Order. The evaluator has access to all records , reports,
and documents, as well as any family member or person necessary to complete the
evaluation (teacher, coach, etc.). The evaluator will submit a minimum of one report
to the Court and may submit additional reports as requested by the Court.
LIMITED FAMILY ASSESSMENT
A limited family assessment (LFA) is designed to be focused and narrow in scope.
Typically, there will be limited interviews and observations with parents and their
children; less than a comprehensive Legal Decision Making evaluation. The evaluator will review
select paperwork, have fewer external interviews (teacher, babysitter, etc.) and
no psychological testing or home visits are completed. Examples of situations when
the Court will order an LFA include: the appropriate parenting plan when the Court
has already made a finding of child abuse, a finding of substance abuse, or estranged
from a parent (or in a paternity case when the father has not had contact) and there
is a (re)unification plan desired by the court; changes since the last comprehensive
evaluation that may require a modification in the parenting plan; and the type of
access best for a young child when there is a long-distance between the parents,
but both parents are considered fit. Reports are submitted directly to the Court
and attorneys, if represented, or the parties if they are representing themselves,
unless the evaluator asserts extraordinary circumstances (imminent life threat,
potential for serious harm to a person related to the case). The report that is
generated focuses on specific, defined areas.
Parenting consultation can refer to many things, with referrals not requiring a
court order. Parents may seek the consultation of a mental health professional that
can assist in generally understanding child development needs, learning ways to
reduce conflict and the exposure of that conflict onto children, understanding methods
of co-parenting or parallel parenting, learning to communicate effectively, or understanding
the range of parenting plan options and how to consider them for their particular
family. Services may be with one parent only or with both parents together. At times,
one parent may consult to learn about various procedures available to the family,
such as mediation, collaborative law, evaluation, or the use of a Parent Coordinator.
In general, these types of consultation are not considered therapy and the purpose
is to focus on a request by the parent(s) that is related to the divorce and the
conflicts between the parents. In such consultation, there is no report to the court
and there are no formal recommendations being made. The consultant may make recommendations
directly to the parents, though those recommendations would not serve as formal
forensic recommendations to the court.
A Parenting Coordinator is a person meeting the requirements of Rule 74 that is appointed by the court to assist with implementation
of court orders by making recommendations to the court regarding implementation,
clarification, modification and enforcement of Legal Decision Making and parenting time orders.
The Provider serving as a Parenting Coordinator will submit a minimum of one report
to the Court and may submit additional reports at the request of the Court.
SUPERVISED PARENTING TIME
When there is a concern for the safety of welfare of a child during visits with
a noncustodial parent, the court may order that the visits be supervised by a behavioral
health professional. When this occurs, the Provider observes the activities and
overhears the conversation of the parent and child(ren) at all times. A periodic
progress report is prepared for the Court.
Therapeutic Interventions cover a range of services, which may vary from reunification,
co-parenting counseling, individual counseling or family counseling. The judge might
identify specific therapeutic referral issues, including but not limited to relocation,
estrangement, child maltreatment and parental substance abuse. Unlike traditional
therapy, confidentiality is very limited in Court appointed treatment cases. The
Provider completing a Therapeutic Intervention will submit a minimum of one report
to the Court and may submit additional reports at the request of the Court.