Massachusetts DMH Court Clinics – Forensic Health Services
Since 2008, Centurion Health has provided forensic evaluations and consultations to the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health court by clinicians for court actions and petitions, mental health, and mental health substance abuse issues. Under separate contracts with the Department of Mental
Health (DMH), Centurion Health’s Forensic Health Services team provides evaluation services for adult courts, including Specialty Courts, in the Central and Metro Boston, Northeast and Southeast Areas of the state.
Specialty Courts is a specialty court session designed to improve outcomes for individuals who are veterans and or who have mental health and substance use disorders that are involved in the criminal justice system. Centurion Health is responsible for providing clinical staff for the Court Clinics, as well as providing program management and administrative oversight.
Centurion Health court clinicians are responsible for evaluating mentally ill individuals brought before the Courts on criminal and civil matters in order to determine appropriate dispositions and to refer them to needed services.
Staff clinicians such as licensed clinical social workers conduct voluntary evaluations, aid in sentencing, and emergency restraint of dangerous persons. All staff clinicians perform non-statutory evaluations in cases in which there is a question of mental illness. In these cases, the focus is on determining whether mental illness is present, defining treatment needs for those with mental illness, and suggesting appropriate services in the community. Staff clinicians provide referral, consultation, and liaison services to the professional staff and families involved in the criminal justice system, mental health system, substance abuse system, social service system, and medical system.