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Office of Mental Health

Forensic Mental Health Services

Welcome to the Office of Mental Health's Forensic Mental Health Services website. It is widely recognized that persons with mental illness come in contact with the criminal justice system and that focused interagency coordination, training and intervention on the State and local level is required to maintain community safety, while preventing inappropriate and unnecessary incarceration.

Forensic mental health services in New York State are overseen by the Division of Forensic Services within the NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH). OMH has many partners who assist with serving the forensic population, including the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), and the Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives within DCJS, the Conference of Local Mental Hygiene Directors Leaving OMH site, county jails and mental health departments, and other local service providers.