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Office of Mental Health

New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH)
Division of Forensic Services
Diversion, Reentry,and Community Education Unit

This unit provides support and technical assistance on forensic issues for local governmental units. Community Forensics provides consultation and statewide training to law enforcement, correctional, and mental health staff within local programs through collaboration with the Conference of Local Mental Hygiene Directors Leaving OMH site, the New York State Commission of Correction Leaving OMH site, the Division of Criminal Justice Services Leaving OMH site, the Law Enforcement Training Director's Association, the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Leaving OMH site and Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives Leaving OMH site. These services are aimed at the following:

  • Suicide prevention and adequate mental health treatment in local correctional facilities;
  • Appropriate mental health training for criminal justice staff whose jobs routinely bring them in contact with persons who are mentally ill;
  • Timely access to mental health services for persons on parole and probation and alternatives to incarceration;
  • Training to enhance the knowledge and skills of mental health providers in the community.