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As MA continues to be impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) the health and safety of Behavioral Health Network (BHN) employees and individuals served remains our top priority. As a healthcare provider we are taking all steps necessary to ensure our essential services continue to be available to those who need them.
To contribute to community health and safety, BHN has adopted social distance recommendations provided by public health officials. Where feasible, staff will work remotely and individuals will be served via remote technologies. In addition, BHN has increased its worksite disinfection protocols to reduce exposure to the virus.
Adult Court Clinic (Forensic Mental Health Services)
Provides court-ordered mental health and substance use evaluations, including competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, aid in sentencing, and civil commitments for mental illness (Section 12e) and substance abuse (Section 35).
Services to District and Superior Courts
Competency to stand trial evaluations
Criminal responsibility evaluations
Aid in sentencing evaluations
Probationers’ need for treatment
Evaluations for civil commitment of a mentally ill person
Consultation and training to courts and probation departments
Expert witness testimony
Liaison between the criminal justice system and the mental health system, including public and private hospitals and community agencies
Juvenile Court Clinic (Forensic Mental Health Services)
BHN Forensic Mental Health Services include BHN Juvenile Court Clinics, which provide mental health expertise to the Courts in Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire Counties.
Services to Juvenile Courts
Evaluations of Child Requiring Assistance (CRA) cases
Evaluations of Delinquency cases (68a)
Specialized evaluations including Sexual Offender Risk Assessments and fire-setting evaluations
Expert witness testimony
Consultation to court personnel
Dually-Involved Youth (DIY) Services
Services are provided for youth involved in both the Court and child welfare systems. The Juvenile Court Clinic facilitates a multi-disciplinary meeting with families, the Department of Children and Families, Department of Youth Services, and court personnel to promote the development of enhanced cross-system practices that enable achievement of improved youth and family outcomes.