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 Council (as of January, 2024)

Title Term Name State
Officers
Chairperson 1/1/23 – 12/31/24 Michael Champion, MD HI
Vice Chairperson  1/1/23 – 12/31/24 Sarah Miller, PhD, ABPP ME
Secretary 1/1/24 – 12/31/25 Thomas Kinlen, PhD WA

Member-at-Large

1/1/24 – 12/31/25

Sharon Coleman, PsyD
Angela Torres, PhD, ABPP

IL
VA
Past-Chairperson 1/1/23 – 12/31/24 Li-Wen Grace, Lee, MD NY
Regional Coordinators
West 1/1/23 – 12/31/24 Alison Bort, JD, PhD
Jeremy Christensen, LCSW
OR
UT
Midwest 1/1/23 – 12/31/24 Jeanette Simmons, PsyD
Soniya Hirachan, MD
MO
MN
Northeast 6/1/23 – 12/31/24 Chad Tillbrook, PhD
Tim Whitman, MRE. MSHCM, M-ACHE, LNHA
DC
NH
South 1/1/24 – 12/31/24 Bob Cochrane, PsyE, ABPP 
Koleen Slusher, LCSW
NC
KY

 

Chairperson:

Michael Champion, MD (HI)

 

NASMHPD Commissioner Liaison:

Vacant

 

NASMHPD Division Administrators:

Kelle Masten

Coalition Manager, NASMHPD

703-739-9333, x168

Fax: 703-548-9517

Kelle.Masten@nasmhpd.org

 

Brian Sims, M.D.

Senior Medical Advisor (PT), NASMHPD

703-739-9333, x123

Fax: 703-548-9517