Providing Quality Care in the Forensic System

Forensic Services The goal of Forensic Services is to facilitate the admission, treatment and discharge of people who are ordered to undergo psychiatric hospitalization by the criminal court system. The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) operates six state-run Regional Psychiatric Hospitals that support this system of services.

Patients are referred to our hospitals by the county criminal courts where legal charges are involved. A patient's length of stay can vary between a few weeks to several months or years. It is the court that has final approval of any discharge or conditional release.

Patient progress toward recovery is evaluated regularly by the hospital clinicians to coordinate the patient’s treatment and movement requirements with the committing courts. Staff members work with families, patients and community agencies to ensure the safety of the patient and the community throughout all stages of treatment.

2020 Annual Forensic Conference: Specialized Forensic Topics and the Pandemic Response

OhioMHAS is pleased to announce that the 2020 Annual Forensic Conference will be held in a Virtual format due to COVID-19.

We have scheduled four two-hour sessions that will be held live on four different dates in November. The sessions will not be recorded. This year, we have lined up several outstanding speakers. Please see the Brochure and the Registration website for more information.

Application has been made for applicable CEUs, CLEs, MCEs, and CMEs.

All conference materials and presentations will be provided online and applicable continuing education certificates will be sent electronically after verification of attendance. You will have the opportunity to ask questions of the speakers during or at the end of each presentation.

Registration will end two days prior to the scheduled events (at 6:00 PM EST) and November 1, 2020 (at 4:00 PM EST) for registration for the complete package. However, there are a limited number of spots available and any or all of the conference sessions may be filled before this deadline. 

The Registration Fee for each session is $35. If you register for all four sessions, there is a discount of $35. Thus, the fee for all four sessions is $105. 

We hope you’ll join us for this new conference format in November!

Community Forensic Monitoring

Forensic monitors follow treatment compliance and progress of people found not guilty by reason of insanity (NGRI) and defendants found to be incompetent to stand trial-unrestorable-criminal court jurisdiction (IST-U-CJ) who are on conditional release commitment. Monitors serve as a liaison between the individual, the court, the community and the OhioMHAS Regional Psychiatric Hospitals.

Forensic monitors ensure people with mental illness have a successful transition from the hospital to the community. They also ensure that effective risk management procedures are implemented by community providers and that prompt re-hospitalization, re-institutionalization or detention occurs when public safety necessitates this level of care

Forensic Evaluation Services

Ten community forensic psychiatry centers provide comprehensive forensic evaluation services for Ohio's criminal court system. Each provides services to designated counties in its region. Forensic center staff also provide consultation and training services for local criminal justice systems, county boards and community mental health agencies, as well as expert testimony for their local courts.

Forensic evaluators conduct high-quality, court-ordered evaluations in the most efficient manner possible to protect the needs of people with mental illness or intellectual disability who become involved in the criminal justice system.

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