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Petition to Darrel Spinks, Executive Director, Brian Creath, Patrick Hyde

TSBEP investigation into Forensic/Custody Evaluator Dr. Alissa Sherry & Legal Consensus

Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists investigation into psychologist and forensic/custody evaluator Dr. Alissa Sherry and Legal Consensus.  Petition Letter to TSBEP To: Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (TSBEP) Board Members 333 Guadalupe StreetTower 2, Room 450Austin, Texas 78701 As a follow up to the TSBEP Board meeting on February 14, 2019, we the undersigned to this petition wish to reiterate our grave concerns about one of the TSBEP licensees, Dr. Alissa Sherry (Lic 32248) and her company Legal Consensus, who we have witnessed conducting deeply-flawed forensic custody and psychological evaluations for family courts which irreparably harmed our children, our families, and us personally.  We are saddened that we must take these actions today, but in doing so, we hope to prevent this tragedy from happening to other members of the public who are court-ordered to obtain evaluations. We urge you to take this petition and our individual complaints about Dr. Alissa Sherry and her employees at Legal Consensus seriously and investigate her actions thoroughly.   As a critical component of the family law system, we ask that this Board consider taking the actions below, among others, to remedy troubling issues pertaining to misconduct in forensic evaluations and implement long-overdue reform.  It is incumbent upon the Board to uphold its professional integrity by strengthening its policies pertaining to forensic evaluations conducted by its licensees, and enforcing those rules rigorously by identifying and disciplining unethical practitioners.   Thus, we ask that the board instill more oversight and provide more direction to forensic psychologists involved in family court cases.  Taking these and other steps will prevent needless devastation to Texas children and their families.  It will also better inform the court as to the best interests of the children, which is the clear mandate in these cases. To not address this important issue would be negligent; it may place the public, especially one of its most vulnerable populations - children - at further risk of irreparable damage and may further erode the public’s faith in the psychological profession.   As a result of the damaging effects that Dr. Sherry’s misconduct had on our and our children’s lives, we request that the Board conduct a comprehensive review of its policies and rules regarding forensic evaluations.  Due to the critical and extensive nature of the problems discussed herein, we request that the Board create a committee to conduct such a review, and have among its members at least two (2) parents to represent the public’s perspective.   Requests and Recommendations Given the sheer volume and patterns of misconduct in Alissa Sherry and Legal Consensus' custody and psychological evaluations, we request that you require Dr. Sherry to undergo a physical and mental evaluation due to a reasonable suspicion of impairment per Texas Occupations Code Section 501.158 Competency Requirements.  In conjunction with its own investigations, this action will inform the Board as to this licensee’s competency and further, prevent this potentially impaired practitioner from putting other clients at risk of harm.   Until a proper investigation can be completed, we request that the Board suspend forensic evaluations conducted by Dr. Alissa Sherry and Legal Consensus altogether from the Texas family law courts. For all forensic custody and psychological evaluations conducted by Board licensees, we make these requests, including but not limited to:   Provide and enforce a strict requirement that opinions and statements be validated methodically and scientifically.  Require evaluators to clearly identify information that was not substantiated and rationale for not doing so. Establish and enforce rigorous rules when diagnosing individuals for forensic family law cases.   Require and enforce evaluators to spend equal amounts of time with parents (as well as their attorneys) and children (including time spent independent of parents).   Set and enforce stringent guidelines about collateral informants regarding their reliability and objectivity, including but not limited to, requiring all informants to sign affidavits certifying the truth, completeness, and accuracy of information attributed to them in the final evaluation.   Prohibit an evaluator from recommending the dismissal of other professionals.   Prohibit and enforce all psychologists from ex parte communications. Set and enforce limitations on time allowed for forensic evaluations, both psychological and custody.   Set and enforce fees and costs associated with, including a maximum cost, for forensic evaluations, both psychological and custody.   Conduct regular audits of forensic psychologists, including but not limited to, their methodology, conduct, and reports.   Provide a clearly defined process for review and authentication of the evaluation report prior to finalizing, including corrections, and include such in the final report.   Require all communications between evaluator, attorneys, and all parties are via email and made available to all parties involved. Any telephone conversations should be recorded. Enforce evaluators adhering to the court-ordered scope of services.   Require all forensic evaluators to be proficient in and employ trauma-informed methods.    We make these requests as parents or families who were harmed by the unethical conduct and malpractice of Dr. Alissa Sherry.  Please recognize that we, the undersigned, may represent only a fraction of families negatively impacted by Dr. Sherry.  Due to fear of retaliation, legal advice, and pending litigation, others may not have come forward as of this date. In reality, once a family is court-ordered to obtain a psychological evaluation, there is little recourse to do otherwise.   Though all of our stories are different, there are unignorable similarities and patterns in our forensic evaluations performed by Dr. Sherry.  In an attempt to counter the harm of these deeply-flawed evaluations, some of us obtained peer reviews of Dr. Sherry’s evaluations. These practitioners also identified a disturbing pattern of misconduct. Misconduct and Unethical Conduct by Dr. Alissa Sherry  and Legal Consensus Misdiagnoses after no significant contact with the client; with no client history of psychological issues; and which contradicted other professionals’ opinions.  Dr. Sherry regularly diagnoses psychosis in a statistically impossible percentage of divorced parents as compared to the percentage in the general public. Misuse of psychological testing, including the Rorschach test, and use of outdated tests The inclusion of unreliable, biased collateral informants and the exclusion of reliable collateral informants Failed to base forensic opinions on information sufficient to provide substantiation for each finding; selectively included and excluded information to the extent that it misled and inaccurately portrayed the situation Issued reports containing errors and unsupported opinions; failed to validate and substantiate information Failed to recognize a lack of objectivity; needlessly biased treatment of the two parents Failed to comply with court-ordered scope, including failure to assess parenting attributes Paraphrasing and misrepresenting events to the extent that it significantly confused and misled the court with inaccurate information Conducted evaluations without the requisite competency Violated ethical principles and Board rules Inappropriate billing practices Engaged in dual relationships Potential improper supervision Misrepresented her services as legal services (e.g., Legal Consensus, and online advertisements) Harm Caused by Dr. Alissa Sherry and Legal Consensus' Unethical, Flawed Evaluations As you can imagine, these evaluations took a significant, damaging toll on our children, families, and us in many respects, including psychological, legal and financial.  Dr. Sherry’s evaluations of us resulted in these and other harmful effects. Partial and total loss of our children and grandchildren … precious time that we won’t get back Likewise, our children’s loss of us … also, precious time that they won’t get back   Financial hardship and even ruin … cumulatively, millions of dollars in direct expenses for Dr. Sherry’s evaluations, expenses for litigation relating to the evaluations, and expenses for second opinions and peer reviews of the evaluations.  Currently, our average cost of just the custody evaluation alone is $61,356 per person and the average spent on litigation and direct court expenses recovering from these false evaluations is $475,875 per person. Many of us have had to sell our homes and/or experienced homelessness.   Vulnerability and injustice in litigation.  Misdiagnoses and misleading findings are seized upon and exploited by opposing counsel in proceedings.   Stigma from misdiagnoses Trauma from the entire process Dr. Sherry’s evaluations represent a form of harassment, not to mention potential malpractice.   In closing, in the coming months, we will be filing individual complaints and again, we urge the Board to take these licensing complaints, and others like ours, very seriously.  It would be extremely negligent of the Board to dismiss complaints against psychologists who are involved in family court cases. It would give unethical psychologists unabated opportunity to continue causing irreparable damage to Texas children and families.   At your earliest convenience, please let us know what, if any, actions the Board will take as a result of the public comments from its February 14, 2019 meeting, this petition, complaints, etc.   Thank you, in advance, for your consideration. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Update on Complaints Against Alissa Sherry / Legal Consensus and TSBEP Complaint Process OCT 18, 2019 — Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (TSBEP) Instructions for complaints:  "State in simple, narrative language why you think the professional violated the Psychologists' Licensing Act or Board rules."  But then when you read the fine print: "There must be sufficient evidence to establish probable cause of the misconduct. Therefore, if no probable cause can be determined as a result of the investigation, or if there is not sufficient evidence to withstand a court hearing, the complaint is referred to the Dismissal Committee"   You are lead to believe you can fill out one page of complaint information in layman's terms.  The TSBEP takes 18-24 months to make a determination, eventually dismissing because the complaint won't stand up in a court of law.  By this time people have moved on, are broke after battling the family court system and have no ability to draft a second complaint that will stand up in a court of law.  The TSBEP has set their complaint system up so that anyone that complains about custody evaluations or psychological evaluations is guaranteed to not succeed. And when an inquiry is made on how to appeal the decision Darrel Spinks the Executive Director of the TSBEP stated "The dismissal of a complaint may not be appealed by a complainant or a third-party" Known Complaints against Alissa Sherry / Legal Consensus(Note these are only people that have reach out to us, NOT a complete list, we are sure there are more):  Complaints against Alissa Sherry Dismissed by TSBEP without Any Disciplinary Action Taken since 2015: Complainant 1 - JH #2015-00110-9966 Complainant 2 - RF #2015-00153-9966Complainant 3 - BS # 2015-XXXXX-9966Complainant 4 - CM #2016-0037-9966Complainant 5 - KC #2016-00123-9966Complainant 6 - TP #2017-00057-9966Complainant 7 - CH #2017-XXXXX-9966Complainant 8 - JN #2018-00053-9966  Current Complaints against Alissa Sherry / Legal Consensus Under Investigation by TSBEP:  Complainant 9 - LW #2019-00069-9966Complainant 10 - CC #2019-00070-9966Complainant 11 - CB #2019-0071-9966Complainant 12 - SG #2019-000100-9966 Complainant 13 - CR #2019-XXXXX-9966Complainant 14 - DJ #2019-00130-9966Complainant 15 - RF #2020-00004-9966 Dr. Alissa Sherry;                                 #2020-00005-13268 Michelle Munevar; Section 501.203(d) of TSBEP Rules States that "The Board shall analyze complaints filed with the board to identify any trends or issues related to certain violations.

Family Court Corruption
527 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Kenneth Gutman

Give elementary kids longer time to eat lunch!

You're outside waiting for your children to get off the bus. The bus arrives, they come bounding out and the first thing you hear is "I'M HUNGRY!!". They are upset, "starving" and they want multiple snacks. You ask the same question you ask every day, "did you eat lunch?". Their response: "I didn't have enough time and I had to throw it away." Does this sound familiar? Lunch time is the frustrating issue for many elementary school parents right now. The younger the child, the more time it might take for them to eat. At one school, the current schedule is 20 minutes of recess and 20 minutes for lunch. A lot of the surrounding area elementary schools are the same. The younger children, however, spend the last 2-5 minutes cleaning up. That takes lunch time down to 15 minutes. The children that have to buy a lunch spends an average of 3-5 minutes in line... That takes their allowed time to eat down to around 10 minutes! This is not fair nor enough time, especially to the kindergartners still learning routine and schedule. Teachers do allow one to two snack breaks per day. However, parents are finding they must pack enough food for almost 2 separate lunches to make up for the lost lunch time; kids are begging teachers to let them eat their sandwiches instead of a light, healthy snack. Teachers are getting emails in regards to this and have to tell them the same thing, "start packing a lunch instead of buying" and "pack more snacks." Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love Walled Lake Consolidated School District. I went there from elementary school to high school and I want my kids to do the same. This is not so much a problem with the school or district itself; This is a problem in our state and many states across the U.S.  What we should consider- "The legislature in Michigan should build upon the Model Local Wellness Policy from 2005 and introduce legislation to clearly define “adequate” eating time as a minimum of 10 seated minutes at breakfast and 20 seated minutes at lunch and further require these minimums be set for schools state-wide. Lengthening meal periods will support current nutritional programs and obesity-reducing policies, creating a healthier environment and future for Michigan’s children." Kiessling, Karalyn. (2017, December 8). Mandated Minimum Lunch Time in Schools: A Viable Policy Approach to Address Obesity in Michigan. From the CDC, to help students have enough to eat, schools can- "Schedule lunch periods that are longer than 20 minutes to account for the time it takes students to get to the cafeteria (or other location where the meal is served), wait in line, pay for lunch, find a place to sit, socialize with friends, and eat the meal. Some studies suggest that a 30-minute lunch period allows students to have the recommended 20 minutes of seat time." What we are calling for Walled Lake Consolidated School District to do: 1. To give students an "adequate time for lunch AND define what an "adequate" amount of time for lunch is.  (NOTE: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that students get at least 20 minutes for lunch. But that means 20 minutes to actually sit down and eat — excluding time waiting in line or walking from class to cafeteria. Refer to: )

Angela Peters
1,517 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Parsippany Board of Education

Safe Transportation for Parsippany School Children

Decreased school busing in Parsippany has led to increased traffic in and around its schools. It is a safety hazard for children and it is a problematic traffic situation for all drivers. Parsippany is convenient to many major roads, including 46, 80 and 287 and many of its schools are  "conveniently" located, which means they are on feeder roads that residents must use to get to work or other activities during the day. Parsippany's School Transportation page lists the last posted evaluation by the "Traffic Safety Committee" dating from February 5, 2007. This study goes way back, as it was the same year "Hey There Delilah" first came on the radio, George W. Bush was President and the original iPhone was introduced personally during a keynote address by Steve Jobs (he passed away eight years).  The Current Policy:  Parsippany's school district policy is that elementary school kids from kindergarten to 8th grade who live within 2 miles should walk. The policy cites the state rule that high schoolers living up to 2.5 miles away should walk.  This would have a 5-year-old at the geographic limit potentially walking 4 miles roundtrip to school - in NJ, one of the most affluent states, in Parsippany where we are supposed to have "Pride." At grade three (around 8-years-old) students are permitted to walk home alone with parent approval, leaving them the opportunity to walk alone up to 4 miles per day, to attend our public schools.  The Parsippany School District school has the discretion but chooses to provide the minimum allowable transportation under state law. At a state level, Parsippany's taxpayers pay nearly 2.5% more than NJ average, but children living in this town can walk 4-5 miles per day in any kind of weather, on routes where hazards are not identified, weighed or explained to parents. Exceptions may be made for children on routes deemed hazardous by the school district's Transportation Department, however, as that 2007 report "helpfully" provides, "the definition of a key term 'hazardous' and what constitutes a hazardous route have remained elusive." CONCERNS Pedestrian Issues:  Sidewalks are crumbling, sometimes non-existent and there is not a bike path anywhere. Increased traffic has changed some roads, such as Vail that used to have a shoulder that pedestrians would walk in that was re-purposed by the town into a shoulder-less, right turning lane onto North Beverwyck. Sidewalks that are not shoveled or de-iced in winter before school (there are some in each neighborhood) result in children walking directly on dangerous roads potentially miles away from home. Crossing guards are out there, but traffic volume reports are not posted showing whether needs have ever been re-evaluated over time. Climate:  NJ is a state with seasonal changes and school occurs during fall, winter and spring...mainly cool, colder (and, arguably rainier since last year was the rainiest year in NJ recorded history) and warm.  Does our Town have such a lack of funds that children should walk 4-5 miles roundtrip in rain and snow? Would each child have room in his backpack for changes in shoes, socks, potentially pants, an umbrella? Walking a 5K a day to get to school no doubt causes some majorly wet feet, no? Traffic:  Let's be real - many "walkers" rely on parent "drivers"  and this policy causes increased traffic, increases the likelihood of fender benders and adds a nice aroma of idling vehicles to our air quality. Social: Parsippany is a proudly diverse community. Many families in our community have only one driver in the family (who also works full-time) and are forced to walk long distances to get their kids to school. Attending public school today is not supposed to be predicated on your parent driving and having access to a reliable car. SOLUTIONS It's big, it's yellow...It's not a banana. There are ways to get civilized here. There is courtesy busing, which means the town supports the new buses itself. There is subscription busing which a lot of towns in NJ are doing, including our neighbors in Montville who pay $250 to $350 per student for those who live outside the required bus limit, but whose parents chip in for the bus. Parsippany pays for an expensive identification process that basically checks publicly available sex offenders list, so safety-oriented funds exist. We're headed into 2020. Should we be blind to the fact that our school transportation policies have us walking around like Pilgrims?

Parsippany Resident
914 supporters