Mission: FMHAC's mission is to provide support and education to professionals working in forensic mental health with an annual conference in Monterey, CA.
Target demographics: Professionals working in the forensic mental health field
Geographic areas served: California
Programs: Conference. The annual conference meets our mission of education directly as we host an average of 400 people each year attending the training. We have expanded the curricula offered and obtained additional continuing education approvals so as to include the full variety of professionals involved in forensic mental health services. We have concentrated on providing the most cutting edge information so the service providers who attend our conference provide high quality services to incarcerated mentally ill individuals.
one day training - the one-day training program offers in-depth trainings to forensic mental health professionals on topics in specialty areas and/or those which need a full day of instruction. We implemented these trainings so that service providers would have access to the information needed to increase the quality of the mental health services they provide to persons involved in the criminal justice system.
words to deeds - is a small annual discussion forum for decision-makers and thought-leaders in ca to share best practices and encourage them to collaborate and take action on difficult issues. We introduced this program to facilitate communication between the wide range of professionals who work in this field and to foster champions for treatment of people with mental illness in the criminal justice system. Both of these goals will, ultimately, advance our mission of increasing the quality of services for incarcerated mentally ill individuals.
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This was my first time at this conference and it was wonderful. So much good information and training about a population that is often sensationalized by the media and then quickly swept under the carpet by the general public. I really enjoyed the speakers and was pleased by the amount of teaching and research that is available in this area. I look forward to attending again next year!
FMHAC deals with a subject and population that many people prefer not to think about. Fortunately, this association is willing to step in and provide education in the field of forensic mental health that ensures a well educated workforce. It also works to establish public policies that ensure care for the sick and protection of the public. FMHAC is an important and valuable resource to the forensic mental health field.