Center for Forensic Psychiatry
8303 Platt Road
Saline, Michigan 48176
Mailing Address: Post Office Box 2060, Ann Arbor, MI 48160
Office of Recipient Rights: 888-509-6006 or 800-558-8196 (toll-free)
Emergency Phone Number (when CFP telephone system is not working): 734-395-7652
Visiting Hours: Wednesdays 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, Fridays, Weekends & Holidays 12:30 pm — 2:30 pm. Please note due to the COVID-19 Pandemic visits must be scheduled in advance with the patient’s chief clinician.
The Center for Forensic Psychiatry is 272-bed psychiatric hospital that provides diagnostic services to the criminal justice system and psychiatric treatment for criminal defendants adjudicated incompetent to stand trial or acquitted by not guilty by reason of insanity. The hospital, which was first occupied in 2005, serves all 83 Michigan counties.
The Evaluation Services division of the Center for Forensic Psychiatry (CFP) conducts court-ordered psychological evaluations for all district and circuit criminal courts throughout the State of Michigan. Evaluation issues most often involve questions about competency to stand trial and criminal responsibility. Less frequently, competency to waive Miranda, competency to be sentenced, and other psycholegal issues may be the focus of special diagnostic evaluations. Approximately 3000 defendants with charges ranging from misdemeanors to serious felonies are evaluated annually. Examinees are typically adults, although some minors charged as adults may also be seen. The CFP’s Forensic Services Department coordinates the scheduling of the evaluations as well as the arrangements for any special accommodations that may be required, such as interpreter services. Evaluations are scheduled Monday through Friday typically at the CFP. Evaluations may also be scheduled at one of our satellite facilities, which are in Grand Traverse County, Kent County, Marquette County, and Wayne County. Evaluations are conducted on an “outpatient” or same-day basis. They typically last a few hours but may be shorter or longer depending on the needs and circumstances of each evaluation. Defendants who are out on bond are responsible for their own transportation to and from the CFP. Defendants who are in custody will be transported to the CFP and back to the jail by the Sheriff’s Deputies. Upon completion of the evaluation, the certified forensic examiner issues a report to the court. They may also be called to court to testify about the evaluation.
To provide high-quality, team-structured, forensic mental health services to individuals and act in a forensic advisory capacity to the Michigan court system.
Family-Centered Support Programs
The Center for Forensic Psychiatry offers an educational and supportive program for family members and significant others of our patient population. We know that having a relative or friend receiving treatment at the Forensic Center can often be confusing and, at times, frustrating. Some of you may have experienced feelings of helplessness and uncertainty about what you can do to help your family member. We have designed this program to assist in clarifying some of your confusion, answering some of your questions, and providing a supportive community. This is an ongoing program to assist families in understanding general treatment concepts for the mentally ill and gain knowledge about mental illness in addition to what you can do to help your family members and yourself.
Topics that will be addressed in this group will include: Mental illness (what it is and how it is treated), substance abuse (how it impacts the family and the individual with mental illness), how the Forensic Center provides treatment for mental illness, how to advocate for your loved ones, and tips for coping with the stress of having a loved one hospitalized, in addition to other topics. We will accomplish these goals by inviting speakers, such as psychiatrists, social workers, security staff, nurses, and others, to share their perspectives and knowledge.
Due to COVID, the program will be restarting virtually on the second Saturday of every month from 10:00am to 12:00pm at the latest. The first virtual meeting will occur on September 12, 2020. The meetings will take place through a videoconferencing platform, BlueJeans. A weblink will be emailed to all interested group members before each meeting with instructions for how to join the Family Education presentation. If you are interested in attending these virtual meetings, please call Lindsay Scharboneau at 734-295-4436 to provide your email address, where you will receive the presentation links.
Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program
In 1974, Michigan established the Center for Forensic Psychiatry to provide diagnostic evaluation and treatment of patients committed to the Department of Mental Health by the criminal courts. Since its inception, the Center has been one of the nation's premier training sites for professionals in psychiatry, psychology and other disciplines specializing in the interface between mental health and the law.
The forensic psychiatry fellowship program is a one-year, post-residency training program for psychiatrists planning careers in forensic or correctional psychiatry. The Accreditation Council accredits the program for Graduate Medical Education. Board certified (American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology) general psychiatrists in good standing who complete this program are qualified to sit for the subspecialty examination in forensic psychiatry.
For more information on the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program click here.
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