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Center for Forensic Psychiatry

Center for Forensic Psychiatry building photo

8303 Platt Road

Saline, Michigan 48176

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Mailing Address: Post Office Box 2060, Ann Arbor, MI 48160

Phone: 734-429-2531
Fax: 734-944-0802

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.

About

The Center for Forensic Psychiatry is a 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 3,000 defendants with charges ranging from misdemeanors to serious felonies are evaluated annually.  

Mission

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 is running virtually on the second Saturday of every month from 10:00am to 12:00pm at the latest. The meetings will take place through a videoconferencing platform. 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 734-295-4802 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.

Information, Policies & Forms

Center for Forensic Psychiatry Notice of Privacy Practices

Handbook for Patients & Families