Psychological Testing

Records from current and prior treating and evaluation sources should be obtained prior to ordering new psychological evaluations. As a general policy, the more extensive the treatment history, the less in-depth psychological evaluations are needed. If questions arise regarding the adequacy of the records or the need for further psychological evaluation, when feasible counselors and Program Administrators are encouraged to secure input from their District Psychological Consultant or the State Psychological Consultant.

With each referral for psychological evaluation, there must be documentation of the referral questions and rationale for the referral. Referral questions may typically appear in a referral letter to the psychologist whereas the rationale for the referral may only appear in the case record narrative. Referral questions and the rationale statement could also be included in the referral letter to the evaluating psychologist.

All reports must include the following information:

  1. Date the testing was administered.
  2. Who administered the testing.
  3. Person who interpreted the testing and wrote the report submitted.
  4. Time spent administering each test.
  5. The total time spent on interpretation and reporting.

The following are psychological evaluation guidelines. Also included are common reasons for authorizing these procedures and maximum charges that are allowed. Individual psychologists may substitute their own preferred assessments to address the counselor’s referral questions provided the billing does not exceed the following guidelines or a maximum of 6 hours (up to a maximum of $117 per hour).

Mental status examination

Intelligence testing up to a maximum of 2.5 hours

Standardized Achievement Testing up to a maximum of 2.5 hours

Personality Assessment up to a maximum of 1 hour per test or 2 hours

Substance Abuse

Neuropsychological assessment up to a maximumof 8 hours