Counselling or Treatment Progress Report
This can be provided to advise the court that an individual has genuinely engaged in treatment to address the mental illness or mental health concerns that contributed to an offence being committed. This would only be provided after the individual participated in an episode of care for that mental illness (typically 6 sessions).
The cost for treatment at the Parramatta Psychology Clinic is $150 per treatment session while the report would cost $300. If the individual is eligible to obtain a mental health treatment plan from their GP, they can receive a rebate for the treatment session. The report is not eligible for a rebate.
Expert Witness Report or Psychological Assessment Report
This is an objective assessment of the bio-psycho-social factors that impacted on an offence being committed, the mental health of the offender since the offence and can identify any mitigating factors that the court might consider in sentencing. This also allows the magistrate/judge to understand the person and the “why” of the offence. The report might also make recommendations for treatment options that may reduce future offending behaviour.