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24.189.823    DOCUMENTATION

(1) When psychologists complete a parenting plan evaluation, they shall produce a written report of the findings and recommendations.

(2) Psychologists shall retain all items presented to them or a copy thereof that are used for consideration in formulating a professional opinion (e.g., videos, photos, etc.) as well as a copy of the final report.

(3) Psychologists shall maintain clear and complete records.

(4) Psychologists shall retain all releases of information signed by the parties.

(5) Psychologists shall maintain adequate documentation of their contacts with clients and of the clinically significant information derived from these contacts.

(6) Psychologists shall create and maintain documentation of all data that form the basis for their conclusions, in the detail and quality that would be consistent with reasonable scrutiny in an adjudicative forum.

(7) Psychologists shall make clear, to all parties, that the report may be altered at any time by the psychologist until the final decision of the court is made.

(8) Psychologists shall make a reasonable effort to ensure that the court, attorneys, parents, and guardian ad litem, if any, receive the report at the same time.

(9) Psychologists shall recognize that all items in the case file, other than copies of tests, raw test data, and computer-generated interpretive reports may be brought into the courtroom.

(10) Psychologists shall recognize that all parenting plan evaluations and reports are highly sensitive material and discretion is necessary.

History: 37-1-131 and 37-1-136, MCA; IMP, 37-1-136 and 37-17-202, MCA; NEW, 2001 MAR p. 1742, Eff. 9/7/01; TRANS, from Commerce, 2004 MAR p. 2282.

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