How long does it take to get the results?
Approximately two weeks after completion of the testing administration, you will return to the office to discuss the results of the psychological assessment, review the detailed recommendations for care, and answer any further questions you may have. A final written report (typically 6-14 pages in length) will be provided that provides a written record of the testing that was completed and the specific recommendations for parents, educational staff, physicians, and other professionals working with your child can coordinate a treatment plan that will enable your child to succeed. The parent/legal guardian of the client will have full control over the release of any confidential information included in the report, excluding the exceptions mandated by law. If you request that the report be sent directly to certain professionals, you will be asked to sign a consent to release this confidential information.
Post-Testing: Additional Educational Services
After completing the psychological testing process, Dr. Duke is available to consult with school personnel or other professionals regarding the educational needs of the client upon request. These services may include in-person school visitations and observations, placement recommendations, and attendance at school meetings. Dr. Duke is happy to provide her professional opinion in a candid manner at school meetings. Please note that psychological testing does not guarantee that a client will have a diagnosis or qualify for special education services.
Post-Testing: Testimony at Legal Proceedings
The client may request Dr. Duke’s testimony at a legal proceeding (e.g. due process, custody, civil, criminal, depositions, asserting privilege, etc.). The testimony is billed at $500 per hour. There is a four-hour minimum charge as Dr. Duke is required to block-out time to appear at a hearing, even if Dr. Duke is not called to testify. If Dr. Duke appears at a hearing for any issue related to the client, the client is responsible for payment of these fees. The client is responsible for payment, regardless of the testimony provided or the outcome of the case. Cases will not be taken on a contingency fee basis.
Record review, attorney consultations and other testimony preparation is billed separately form any other service at a rate of $175 per hour; and these fees apply even if Dr. Duke is not called to testify. Testimony preparation and court appearances are time consuming, and a $5,000 deposit is required before testimony preparation can begin.
If Dr. Duke is informed that the court testimony is cancelled before the scheduled testimony, then the billing will be made only for services made prior to cancellation, and the remainder of the deposit shall be refunded.
The client must agree that Dr. Duke may speak openly with the client’s attorney about all matters and will comply with court orders. During attorney consultations and testimony, the clinician’s professional opinion will be provided in a candid manner, regardless of whether it supports the client’s case.