1. Who is eligible for this program?
o Stipends are available to HILSC member legal services providers, including cases that are represented by pro-bono attorneys mentored by non-profit attorneys.
o All evaluations must be used to support cases in removal proceedings, with priority given to clients in detention.
2. How far in advance should I submit a request form?
o The Evaluation Request form should be submitted at least 3-4 weeks before the evaluation is required. Due to the heavy demand for evaluations and clinician capacity, HILSC cannot guarantee securing an evaluation for every case. The probability that your case will be placed increases with advance notice.
3. How do I request a stipend for a forensic evaluation?
o Thanks to funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, HILSC is able to provide low bono stipends for mental health evaluations at the request of immigration legal providers who are part of the HILSC network.
o Stipend amounts include $500 per forensic evaluation and $250 (flat fee) for court preparation and testimony
o To request an evaluation stipend, attorneys should fill out the Forensic Evaluation Request Form. If you would like to request a stipend for a clinician you self-selected and already coordinated with, please include the clinician’s name in the request form.
o Mental health professionals should submit invoices to HILSC’s forensic program coordinator, Thalia Werner at email@example.com.
4. Can the attorney provide additional compensation?
o Our legal partners are welcome to compensate the clinician for their time. Especially for cases that require extended time commitment (i.e. oral testimony and court prep). Any additional compensation should be negotiated between the attorney and the clinician.
5. Who is responsible for scheduling the evaluation and securing an interpreter?
o The attorney is responsible for contacting the health professional and making an appointment for the client to be evaluated. The attorney is also responsible for securing an interpreter.
6. How can I leave a review for a clinician or attorney?
o Our partners are encouraged to provide feedback for quality improvement and assurance. A feedback form should be submitted after every evaluation. Your feedback is kept confidential. (Clinician Feedback Form / Attorney Feedback Form)