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Office of Mental Health

New York State Office of Mental Health
Division of Forensic Services
Bureau of Sex Offender Evaluation and Community Treatment

The Bureau of Sex Offender Evaluation and Community Treatment (BSOECT) is responsible for work related to the implementation of the Sex Offender Management and Treatment Act (SOMTA). SOMTA amended sections of New York State's Correction, County, Criminal Procedure, Executive, Judiciary, Penal, and Mental Hygiene Laws (MHL), and the Family Court Act, and created an elaborate process for the civil management of certain sex offenders upon completion of their prison terms. SOMTA also required risk assessment of sex offenders by OMH staff upon their admission to prison. The BSOECT is divided into two units: (1) Risk Assessment and Record Review; and (2) Strict and Intensive Supervision and Treatment (SIST).

Risk Assessment and Record Review (RARR)
RARR unit evaluates all offenders convicted of qualifying offenses who are referred for assessment under MHL Article 10. Each assessment involves the review of multiple records including, but not limited to, police reports, victim statements, court transcripts, pre-sentence investigation reports, and correctional and mental health records. The goal of the assessment process is to identify and refer for civil management adjudication, sex offenders who suffer from a mental abnormality and pose a high risk for sexual recidivism.

Strict and Intensive Supervision and Treatment (SIST)
Article 10 provides for either confinement in secure treatment or management in the community under a SIST order, depending on the Court's dangerousness determination. The primary goal of SIST is to successfully manage, in the community, sex offenders who are determined to suffer from mental abnormalities that predispose them to commit sexual offenses, but who are not deemed to be dangerous enough to require civil confinement. SIST enhances public safety through mandatory sex offender treatment and intensive supervision by parole, while avoiding the high costs associated with confinement in a secure treatment facility. The SIST unit works closely with SOTPs, community treatment providers, parole and other programs to establish supervision and treatment plans, monitor respondent progress in the community and provide oversight of community-based treatment.

Sex Offender Management and Treatment Act (SOMTA) Annual Reports
Mental Hygiene Law §10.10(i) requires the Commissioner of the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) 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.” To view the SOMTA annual reports, please click the following links:

SOMTA Annual Reports:

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