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Juvenile IST One-Day Training
Registration is open for both locations, Pasadena and Berkeley.
Pasadena Location Announced: Convention Center


What we're watching: AB 1468


Several new articles and reports out:
2011 Public Safety Realignment Act: Second Annual Report on the Implementation of Community Corrections Partnership Plans
State of California Board of State and Community Corrections

A Way Forward: Diverting People with Mental Illness from Inhumane and Expensive Jail into Community-Based Treatment that Works
ACLU of Southern California and the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

Health Care for California's Jail Population
Mia Bird and Shannon McConville, Public Policy Institute of California

Give People with Mental Illness Treatment, Not a Jail Cell
Judge Steve Leifman, Miami Herald

Guns, Public Health, and Mental Illness: An Evidence-Based Approach for Federal Policy
Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy

When Did Prisons Become Acceptable Mental Healthcare Facilities?
Study published by Stanford University Law School, Three Strikes Project


2015 FMHAC Conference Call for Papers is open. Deadline July 15th.


New Job Postings: Several in both Northern and Southern CA.


2014 Sustaining Members
Gilbert Abdalian, MS, MBA
Kenneth Carabello
Carson Chambers, PhD
Alette Coble, PhD
Marianne Davis, PhD
Harry Goldberg, PhD
Thomas Granucci, LCSW
Robert Hart, MD
Patrick Hudack, MFT
Laurie Hughes, PhD
Ronald Kaufman, PsyD
Cynthia Lermond, PsyD
Joseph Lockhart, PhD
David Meyer, Esq
Amy Phenix, PhD
Beverly Purdy, MD
Kelly Ross, LCSW
Munir Sewani, PhD
Tani Shaffer, PhD
Douglas Taylor Smith, LCSW



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Providing support and education to professionals in the forensic mental health field

The Forensic Mental Health Association of California is committed to the goal of first-rate forensic mental health care in California through quality education and training to forensic mental health practitioners.

There is tremendous need for mental health care in prisons and jails; the US Department of Justice reports that about 16 percent of the population in prison or jail has a mental illness, compared with approximately 5% of the general population. One 1999 study found that the Los Angeles County Jail and Riker's Island in New York each held more people with mental illnesses than the largest psychiatric inpatient facilities in the United States. While the criminal justice system is not an ideal setting for mental health care, it is often the first opportunity for mentally ill individuals to receive the treatment they need. It's a complicated and expensive endeavor involving mental health clinicians, law enforcement, corrections, and the courts and FMHAC is committed to supporting these professionals and improving the care incarcerated mentally ill individuals receive.

We provide an essential voice in California by training forensic mental health professionals, educating the public and giving support to legislation that improves the system in which we provide treatment to mentally ill individuals.

Our main activities include an annual 3-day conference near Monterey, CA, for a wide variety of professionals with interests in forensic mental health, member updates on events and happenings in the field, and legislative activities affecting people working in forensic mental health and their clients.

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