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Forensics

The Forensics program provides outpatient community mental health to clients on probation, parole, or who have been referred to treatment by the criminal justice system.

Evidenced-based practices are utilized to assess and treat through the development of individualized treatment plans that support individuals in addressing mental health, substance use disorders, or co-occurring symptomology that allows them to maintain compliance with court-ordered recommendations and return home to society as an alternative to incarceration.

Forensics offers mental health and substance use disorders treatment, certified domestic violence, prime for life, relapse prevention, and trauma-informed care. All Forensic programs are offered in both English and Spanish.

If you have been convicted of a crime that you committed as a result of mental health problems, there is help available in the form of incarceration alternatives.

Valley Behavioral Health’s Forensics program helps clients who have been referred to treatment by the criminal justice system get the help they need so they can reclaim their lives and place in society.

What Are Forensics Services In Mental Health?

Forensics mental health services are provided for use in court or another connection with legal matters, like probation or parole. Forensic services provide evaluation, treatment, and community monitoring under the order and direction of the courts for people with mental illness and developmental disabilities who are involved in the criminal justice system.

The team at Valley Behavioral Health offers the required specialized knowledge and services to help these clients. We are also well-versed in the judicial system. Our highly specialized forensic services provide evaluation and treatment in a secure and compassionate atmosphere.

Our forensic program includes general, intensive, and day treatment outpatient services. We also provide certified domestic violence treatment, substance abuse treatment, and treatment for co-occurring disorders.

Who Is A Good Candidate For The Forensics Program?

The following characteristics make someone a qualified candidate for forensic mental health services:

  • A prisoner in need of inpatient mental health treatment
  • A prisoner who needs assessment and/or management of their mental illness
  • A person who has been accused of a crime but is considered unfit to plead due to their mental condition
  • Someone who has been found not guilty of a crime because of their mental condition
  • Offenders or alleged offenders who are referred for assessment by the court or other agencies such as the Adult Parole Board
  • People living in the community with severe mental illnesses who have offended or are at high risk of offending

What is a Forensic mental health assessment?

A forensic mental health assessment (FHMA) is an evaluation that a mental health professional performs with the intent of providing relevant clinical and scientific data to a legal decision-maker or litigants in civil or criminal proceedings.

At Valley Behavioral Health, we are Utah’s leading provider of innovative programs that are designed to be more effective than traditional incarceration. We use our strong network of partnerships with local courts, legal defenders, and the Salt Lake County Jail to help develop custom treatment programs that support rehabilitation without incarceration. Contact us today if you or a loved one are in need of support.

How Forensics can help

Forensics offers mental health and substance use disorders treatment, certified domestic violence, prime for life, relapse prevention, and trauma-informed care. Services include, but are not limited to:

  • Assessments and Evaluations
  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Case Management
  • Urinalysis (7 days/week)
  • Medication Evaluation and Management
  • And more

Forensics Referral Form

  • Provide a brief narrative outlining interest in the program and reasoning behind seeking treatment. *Note – if this is for domestic violence, please submit a BCI and police report with a referral.

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