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Office of Mental Health

New York State Office of Mental Health
Division of Forensic Services
Bureau of Institutional Sex Offender Treatment

The Bureau of Institutional Sex Offender Treatment (BISOT) is responsible for the treatment of individuals confined to OMH secure treatment facilities as Dangerous Sex Offenders requiring confinement under the Sex Offender Management and Treatment Act (SOMTA). BISOT is also responsible for the treatment of sexual offenders classified as high risk and in need of intensive treatment while serving prison sentences in the custody of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS). BISOT is divided into two units: 1) The Secure Treatment Services Unit; and 2) The Prison-Based Sex Offender Treatment Program.

Secure Treatment Services Unit (STSU)
The STSU provides central office support and oversight of the treatment programs for dangerous sex offenders in need of confinement located within the OMH secure treatment facilities (also known as Sex Offender Treatment Programs or SOTPs). Currently, the SOTPs are located on the grounds of Central New York Psychiatric Center (CNYPC) and St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center (SLPC). The CNYPC program has a capacity of 232 residents, while SLPC currently can accommodate up to 92 residents. In addition, the Manhattan Psychiatric Center (MPC) has a temporary 25-bed ward for offenders who are clinically appropriate for placement at MPC and who have pending court proceedings in the Downstate and New York City areas.

Prison-Based Sex Offender Treatment Program (PBSOTP)
The PBSOTP provides an intensive sex offender treatment program to inmates incarcerated with DOCCS who have been classified as high risk for committing a sexual offense upon release from prison. This program is operated by OMH clinical personnel within DOCCS facilities and is designed to address the multiple risk factors presented by this population.