TEAM Institute Clinical and Forensic Evaluation Division
This division began as an in-home assessment program to provide a single region of Texas APS caseworkers and their clients with access to geriatric medical and social work experts for the purpose of aligning protective service planning with client’s biopsychosocial needs. In 2015, this division expanded to provide statewide assistance in abuse, neglect and exploitation cases for Texas APS and the Texas Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the implementation of the TEAM-Forensic Assessment Center Network (TEAM-FACN). This program leverages web-based technology and readily available telehealth modalities to connect APS specialists and HHS investigators, anywhere in the state (urban or rural) with elder abuse, geriatric and forensic experts located in the heart of the Texas Medical Center; making TEAM experts accessible to all APS clients in need. Available services include mental health capacity assessments, case consultations, forensic records reviews for abuse determinations, guardianship assessments, limited medical assessments and employee misconduct registry reviews. When necessary, the TEAM members will provide court testimony. The TEAM-FACN is the first program in the U.S. to utilize telehealth modalities to increase APS caseworker and client access to elder abuse and geriatric experts. This program has garnered national interest from the U.S. Administration on Aging, the Department of Justice and the Elder Justice Coordinating Council. For more information on the program please go to www.facntx.org.