Forensic Division

The State Mental Health Forensic Directors hereby organize in support of the interests and purposes of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors in the development and operation of forensic programs and facilities.

Administration of mental health forensic systems requires understanding and integration of at least four distinguishable fields:

  1. Behavioral Science;
  2. Corrections;
  3. Legislation and Law, and
  4. Administration


Forensic service systems are the result of planning, development, and operation in diverse endeavors including:

  1. Mental Health evaluation and treatment services to courts and custody facilities;
  2. Operation of secure hospitals;
  3. Provision of technical consultation to staff in developing methods of effective recognition and management of areas such as civil commitment, patient's rights and guardianship;
  4. Development of training of mental health, legal, correctional and administrative professionals; and
  5. Consultation in the development of sound legislation and administrative rules.


It is the purpose, therefore, of the State Mental Health Forensic Directors, Division of National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, to gather those individuals directly responsible for the administration of state forensic systems in order to:

  1. Provide a mechanism for collection, study, discussion, resolution and dissemination of problems, ideas, models, information, and approaches to the planning, development, and operation of state forensic systems, programs and facilities;
  2. Promote and participate in training and in development of appropriate standards; and
  3. Improve the quality, effectiveness, and pursuit of excellence in forensic administration.


Executive Committee (as of March, 2018)

Title Term Name State
Chairperson 1/1/17 – 12/31/18 Mike Norko CT
Vice Chairperson 1/1/17 – 12/31/18 Li-Wen Grace Lee NY
Secretary 1/1/18 – 12/31/19 Peter Barboriak, MD NC
Member-at-Large 1/1/18 – 12/31/19 Aaron Bowen PsyD AZ
Past-Chairperson 1/1/17 – 12/31/18 Betsy Neighbors NV
Regional Coordinators
West 1/1/18 – 12/31/19 Michael Champion HI
Midwest 1/1/18 – 12/31/19 Jeanette Simmons MO
Northeast 1/1/17 – 12/31/18 Tobias Wasser, MD CT
South 1/1/17 – 12/31/18 VACANT  


Mike Norko (CT)

NASMHPD Commissioner Division Advisor:


NASMHPD Division Administrator:

Kelle Masten

Senior Program Associate


66 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 302

Alexandria, VA 22314

703-739-9333, x168

Fax: 703-548-9517


Brian Sims, M.D.

Senior Director, Medical/Behavioral Health


66 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 302

Alexandria, VA 22314

703-739-9333, x123

Fax: 703-548-9517