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Forensic Leadership Award

In 2015, OhioMHAS established "The Howard H. Sokolov Forensic Mental Health Leadership Award" to honor the memory of Howard Sokolov, MD.

Dr. Sokolov was a legend in forensic psychiatry in Ohio. He was an outstanding psychiatrist, leader, and scholar who made tremendous contributions to Ohio’s mental health field for decades. He was quite instrumental in the development of Ohio’s current forensic mental health system including the extensive revision of the forensic statutes in the Ohio Revised Code. He was influential in the establishment of the system of community-based forensic evaluation centers and the development of numerous forensic policies and procedures that govern the work in the Regional Psychiatric Hospitals.

Dr. Sokolov served as Commissioner of the former Department of Mental Health in the 1970s, and subsequently held a number of other positions including Forensic Medical Director and Acting Medical Director for an extended period. He also served as President of the Ohio Psychiatric Association and was Professor of Psychiatry and George T. Harding III Psychotherapy Chair at The Ohio State University, where he was named as "Professor of the Year" by the psychiatry residents on several occasions.

PURPOSE: To recognize excellence in the Ohio forensic mental health system by honoring an individual or a program involved in a direct practice, program, policy-making and/or planning role who influences forensic mental health services by consistently reflecting a commitment to excellence, recognition of dignity and worth of the consumer, the security and safety of the community, and dedication to providing quality forensic mental health services.

Criteria: The nominated individual(s) must have:

  • A documented service history reflecting the qualities listed in the Purpose;
  • A history of significant contribution to the forensic field in terms of impact on the care and treatment of consumers and the advancement of high quality programming, and;
  • If the nomination is for a program, there must be a documented demonstration (data or other evidence) of the success of the program. This could include improvement of consumer functioning, consumer/community safety, efficacy in program operations and/or policy and planning development.
  • Supporting documentation may be submitted electronically with the online application. This may include a CV and up to 10 pages of additional narrative or other documents. Such documentation will not be accepted through USPS or fax.

Please go to The Howard H. Sokolov Forensic Mental Health Leadership Award Form to submit your nomination for the 2021 Award. The deadline for submission is October 29th, 2021.