Information for Human Resources Managers: Independent Psychiatric Examinations

Discuss the case by telephone first:

Before scheduling an examination Dr. Edwards prefers that you discuss your needs and the human resources or personnel issues involved in the case. There is no charge for this preliminary consultation. Dr. Edwards will provide an opinion based on the issues and facts you present. Based on this you may decide to have him review records or schedule an examination. If it appears that Dr. Edwards is not the best physician for this examination, he may be able to help you find another. (The EEOC Enforcement Guidance on psychiatric disabilities will answer many of your questions regarding reasonable accommodation of mental impairment.)

Types of cases:

Dr. Edwards works on cases involving:

  • disability accommodation
  • violence risk management
  • fitness for duty

Questions:

Please write Dr. Edwards a formal letter requesting the examination as far in advance of the examination as possible. You may wish to discuss the wording of your questions with Dr. Edwards before writing the letter to be assured he will be able to answer them after psychiatric examination. You may wish to consider choosing from some sample questions.

Fees and payment:

If you decide to use his services, Dr. Edwards will provide you with a list of all fees. The organization or company rather than the subject must accept responsibility for payment. Dr. Edwards will not submit claims under the subject's medical plan since this kind of examination is forensic only and does not establish a physician patient relationship.

Information the doctor can use:

Written information you should considered asking Dr. Edwards to review may include medical records, military records, and personnel records. Dr. Edwards may also want to interview by telephone or in the office relatives, coworkers or other individuals who know the subject.

Preparing the subject:

To avoid refusal to be examined or other delays at the time of the examination, please inform the subject (and subject's counsel) of what to expect. The examination may last most of a day. The subject will be asked to sign an Consent for Forensic Examination agreement (see below) before the examination begins. The subject will probably be asked to complete an MMPI II at the office. Whether and by whom the subject will be accompanied should be agreed upon before the day of the examination. Whether the examination will be recorded or video taped should be agreed upon before the day of the examination.

The Report:

After the collection of information and the examination itself Dr. Edwards will discuss his opinion with you. He will then prepare a formal report documenting the opinion and its basis in an organized fashion. Reports of typical examinations are between fifteen and twenty pages in length.

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Berry Edwards,
Jul 19, 2010, 8:27 AM