John R Puls, LCSW, MCAP Expert Witness
Curriculum Vitae

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  • Company: Puls Forensics
  • Phone: 708-655-1863
  • Cell: 708-655-1863
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Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health

Keywords/Search Terms:

Addiction treatment center, substance abuse, addiction, suicide, family law, ASAM criteria, alcoholism, PTSD, DUI, marchman act, medical malpractice, baker act, wrongful death


Master of Social Work , Florida Atlantic University ; Bachelor of Social Work , Florida Atlantic University ; Master Certified Addiction Professional (MCAP), Florida Certification Board

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Additional Information

John Puls is a licensed psychotherapist, master's certified addiction professional, and qualified expert witness located in Florida. Mr. Puls specializes in substance abuse, mental health, addictions treatment centers, and mental health facilities. Mr. Puls has experience working in various levels of care in substance abuse treatment facilities and mental health crisis stabilization units. Additionally, Mr. Puls has created new programming within addiction treatment facilities that model the best practice and standard of care. Mr. Puls has served as an expert witness for marchman act cases for both the respondent and the petitioner in the state of Florida. Furthermore, Mr. Puls is well versed in ASAM (American Society for Addiction Medicine) criteria for determining levels of care in addiction treatment centers. ASAM is considered best practice when determining appropriateness for admission and discharge to specific levels of care in addiction treatment facilities. Mr. Puls has served as an expert witness for both the plaintiff and defense counsel in medical malpractice cases, wrongful death, personal injury, family law, and marchman act cases. This includes cases involving addiction treatment facilities in all levels of care, mental health facilities, baker act receiving facilities, and cases involving solo mental health practitioners. With nearly a decade of combined experience working in addiction/mental health, in all levels of care, Mr. Puls has the expertise to determine if the standard of care was breached in addiction and mental health cases. This includes cases where the result was a suicide or a drug overdose death. Finally, Mr. Puls has served as a mitigation specialist, advocating for reduced sentencing on cases involving substance use and mental health disorders for criminal defendants and their attorneys.