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The Forensic Mental Health Association of California (FMHAC) has provided support and high quality education to forensic mental health professionals for over 30 years. 

FMHAC provides 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.

It is our goal to:

  • Foster the provision of effective mental health services to persons in the criminal justice/mental health system including jails, prisons, state hospitals and community diversion programs;
  • Assist mental health and criminal justice professionals, governmental and private agencies and the general public in understanding the nature of forensic mental health services; and
  • Enhance the quality of forensic mental health evaluation, diagnostic and community treatment and supervision services.

To this end, FMHAC’s annual conference has provided intensive training in current forensic mental health issues.  Over the past 10 years an average of 450 psychiatrists, psychologists, LCSWs, MFTs, RNs, probation officers, police officers and other correctional/law enforcement professionals have attended our conference annually.  The conference has gained a national reputation as a wonderful place to network and attend high quality presentations.

FMHAC is committed to the goal of first-rate forensic mental health care in California through quality education and training to the professionals who need it.  We think an important part of effective forensic mental health services is to draw together professionals from a variety disciplines who all need current information and practical strategies for working with their patients, clients, or inmates who are mentally ill.  We have provided special tracks on Mental Health Courts, the Mentally Ill Offender Crime Reduction Grant Program and Crisis Intervention Teams. Every year the conference includes Juvenile, Legal, and Sex Offender tracks and a Words to Deeds track for group discourse. We continue to scan the field to fulfill the most current training needs in forensic mental health.


To advance the provision of mental health services to persons involved in the criminal justice system and to provide educational opportunities to the professionals involved in the delivery of these services.

Main Activities

FMHAC provides support and education for professionals working in the field of forensic mental health through an annual conference, member updates and legislative activities.

Learn more about the conference, membership and public policy support.

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