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PARADISE-2 Protocol - Introduction

The PARADISE-2 protocol for mental capacity assessment uses information derived from observed behaviors to pinpoint areas of cognitive impairment.  There are several benefits to this approach:
 
 - This method clarifies complex situations, thereby helping attorneys create a compelling image of the person for the jury and/or judge.
 

 - The method is easy to use.  Much of the necessary data comes from information that an attorney would obtain during typical case investigation.  The method's power is in how that information is organized.

 

 - Relative degree of impairment is assessed - meaning PARADISE-2 is useful in many situations in addition to "competency" assessments.  PARADISE-2 has proven itself useful across a spectrum of civil and criminal litigation matters.

 

Note:  The method may be used by people who are not mental health professionals.  Although the sophistication of the analysis will vary, PARADISE-2 has been, and continues to be effectively used by attorneys, law enforcement, and social service personnel.  In fact, the protocol was designed to be used by attorneys in litigation settings. 

 

PARADISE-2 uses common, everyday language.  However, if medical or mental health expertise is needed, the information from PARADISE-2 immediately directs attention to the pertinent cognitive functions and brain physiology that needs to be examined.

 

PARADISE-2 has been extensively peer-reviewed and, like the IDEAL protocol, is used internationally.

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