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Office of Mental Health

Forensic Mental Health Services

Li-Wen Lee, MD, Associate Commissioner, Division of Forensic Services

Forensic mental health services in New York State are overseen by the Division of Forensic Services within the Office of Mental Health (OMH). Mental health services for justice-involved individuals are part of system of care that includes:

  • three accredited secure forensic psychiatric centers and one regional forensic unit
  • prison-based mental health satellite units
  • residential programs located within prison facilities
  • secure treatment and rehabilitation facilities for the care and treatment of individuals confined under the sex offender civil management initiative
  • community-based training and technical assistance services for local governmental units, including Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training and diversion services

Our partners:

Populations Served:

  • Felony defendants found incompetent to stand trial pursuant to Criminal Procedure Law (CPL) § 730.
  • Defendants found Not Responsible for Criminal Conduct due to Mental Disease or Defect pursuant to CPL § 330.20.
  • Pre-trial detainees in local correctional facilities in need of inpatient care pursuant to Correction Laws (CL) § 508.
  • Inmates sentenced to State and local correctional facilities in need of inpatient care pursuant to CL § 402.
  • Civil patients transferred to a forensic facility pursuant to New York Codes, Rules and Regulations (NYCRR), Title 14, Section 57.2
  • Individuals committed to the Secure Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (STARC) , pursuant to New York Mental Hygiene Law (MHL) Art. 10
  • Individuals court ordered to Strict and Intensive Supervision and Treatment (SIST) in the community, pursuant to New York MHL Art. 10

Forensic Facilities:

NYS Forensic Facility Admission Types
Central New York Psychiatric Center (PC) and Northeast Regional Forensic Unit CL 402; CL 508; CPL 730
Kirby Forensic PC CPL 330 and 730; Part 57
Mid-Hudson Forensic PC CPL 330 and 730; CL 508; Part 57
Rochester Regional Forensic Unit CPL 330 and 730; CL 508; Part 57
Secure Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (STARC) - Oakview New York Mental Hygiene Law (MHL) Art. 10
Secure Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (STARC) - Bridgeview MHL Art. 10
Secure Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (STARC) - Manhattan PC MHL Art. 10

CNYPC’s Corrections Based Components maintains a caseload of approximately 10,000, with 29 satellite and mental health units and nearly 1,200 mental health beds across a multitude of mental health staffed prison programs.

Sex Offender Management and Treatment Act (SOMTA) Annual Reports

Mental Hygiene Law §10.10(i) requires our Commissioner to submit to the Governor and Legislature a report on the implementation of Article 10.

“Such report shall include, but not be limited to, the census of each existing treatment facility, the number of persons reviewed by the case review teams for proceedings under this article, the number of persons committed pursuant to this article, their crimes of conviction, and projected future capacity needs.”

SOMTA Annual Reports: