christine m. west award
2017 Christine M. West Award Winner
Chief Robert Ochs, LCSW
The Christine M. West Award recognizes significant
contributions by a dedicated individual working in
the field of Forensic Mental Health. This year, FMHAC
honors Chief Probation Officer Robert Ochs. Chief
Ochs recently retired after working in county probation
since 1979. He maintained a license in clinical social work
and much of his work in psychology was in forensic mental health. Chief Ochs often serves on panels and workgroups dealing with the intersection of the mental health and the corrections systems.
Chief Ochs served two terms as Chair of the Chief Probation Officers of California, Bay Area Region. He has chaired Sonoma County's Community Corrections Partnership, the group designated to design the County's response to the 2011 Criminal Justice Realignment. Chief Ochs has been tireless in his work for probationers with mental illness and deserves all the respect he has received from his peers.
We are delighted to award the 2017 West Award to Chief Probation Officer Robert Ochs. Go Dodgers!