Watching out over SeattleIn a recent decision of the Iowa Board of Medicine the doctor was ordered to obtain an evaluation from the Behavioral Medicine Institute in Atlanta, GA, (BMI). I got to wondering what is the BMI? The website shows the Behavioral Medicine Institute of Atlanta is at 1401 Peachtree Street, NE, Suite 140, Atlanta, GA 30309 (404-872-7929). The medical director is Gene G. Abel, MD.

What they offer: The Behavioral Medicine Institute of Atlanta (BMI) specializes in the treatment of sexual problems, disruptive behaviors, and medical and psychological problems that have proven responsive to behavioral therapy or behavioral medicine. They have experienced evaluators and therapists with extensive specialized training. 

Topics shown on the website include:

  • Professional Sexual Misconduct
  • Disruptive Professionals
  • Sexual Addiction
  • Sex Offenders
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Sexual Harassment

The Therapists resume’s can be viewed at this link.

Contact link.

Doctors subject to Board action have many questions about how the Board's actions will affect their practices. Unfortunately the BMI's website provides little information that provides any indepth information to develop a good understanding. I may have to visit the Institute. What they don't really explain is how the evaluation process works, how long a doctor can expect to be in Atlanta and a host of other questions any doctor will be asking. A visit may be helpful to my clients.

  • How is the evaluation process conducted?
  • How long is the evaluation process?
  • Does treatment take place on-site or back home?
  • What is the cost?
  • What are the fee structures?
  • How long does an entire treatment program run?
  • What is the average time and costs?

BMI is located in midtown Atlanta, GA.

Our office is open Monday-Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

We can be reached at (404) 872-7929 for more information about our programs and what we offer.

Dr. Abel is an innovator who has developed the Abel Screening tests.

Gene G. Abel, M.D. and Innovations at Abel Screening, Inc. (ASI)

Abel Screening, Inc. was formed in 1995 to provide therapists and criminal justice professionals with tests that will protect communities from sex abusers. A strong emphasis at ASI are products to protect children from sexual abuse.

Prior to forming Abel Screening, Gene G. Abel, M.D. spent the previous eight years developing the technology that would objectively measure a person's sexual interests with the goal of identifying individuals who have sexual behavior problems. Through extensive research and with a stringent validation process, he developed three computerized tests:

The Abel Assessment for sexual interest-2™ (AASI-2) is used by clinicians as a comprehensive and objective tool to measure a person's sexual interest and assess sexual behavior problems.

The Abel–Blasingame Assessment System for individuals with intellectual disabilities™ (ABID) serves a similar purpose, but is uniquely adapted for clients with special needs.

The Diana Screen® is a simple, online, child protection screening test that organizations can use to reduce the risk of placing men and women who present sexual risks to children and teenagers into positions of trust.

Board’s position is this evaluation is authorized by Iowa Code section 272C.9(1)

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