Forensic Mental Health

Forensic Mental Health is one of the fastest growing areas of specialization in mental health and criminal justice. As more cities and states recognize the expanding demand for programs, services, planning, and supervision of clients who have both mental health needs and criminal justice involvement, professionals to address these needs are in high demand.

Forensic Mental HealthThese professional boundary spanners provide specialized expertise across the many social systems these clients utilize including the criminal justice, mental health, substance abuse, and social service systems.

The Sage Colleges offers both a M.S. and a certificate in Forensic Mental Health.

M.S. in Forensic Mental Health

Students pursuing a graduate degree in Forensic Mental Health can choose between a 39-credit generalist curriculum and an optional 45-credit enhanced curriculum that includes a concentration in Health Services Administration. Both programs will prepare you to be an effective professional in your area of specialization by providing an exciting cross-disciplinary program that includes clinical and non-clinical course work in social science research, law, psychology, criminal justice, substance abuse, and victimology.  You will learn about (a) the many issues facing agencies, individuals, and families who are affected by the forensic mental health system and (b) evidence-based solutions to these complex issues. The development of cultural competency and critical thinking skills are evident throughout the curriculum. Students choosing the optional Health Services Administration concentration will graduate with broader disciplinary knowledge and enhanced skill sets to work more effectively in public and private sector agencies related to behavioral health homes, substance abuse management/treatment, prerelease planning for correctional clients, and Medicaid Redesign Teams (MRT).

After completion of program pre-requisites and at least 30 credit hours of study, all students complete a minimum 240-hour externship in a forensic mental health setting. Click here to review examples of recent externship sites.

It is important to note that, while students do complete some clinical course work, this is a non-clinical degree program. Graduates who remain in New York will not be eligible to site for state licensure. Students intending to relocate should review the licensure requirements of the jurisdiction in which they intend to practice.

Program Requirements

The table below provides a side-by-side comparison of the two Master’s level FMH program options.  As illustrated, social science research methods course can be satisfied by completing any of the following three courses: SOC 550 Research Methods, PSY 563 Behavioral Research or HSA 578 Analytic Methods.

Program Requirements

M.S. Forensic Mental Health

Cr

 

39

Program Requirements

M.S. Forensic Mental Health/ Health Services Administration concentration

Cr

 

45

HSA 578 Analytic Methods or

PSY 563 or SOC 550

3

HSA 578 Analytic Methods or

PSY 563 or SOC 550

3
FMH 505 Intro to FMH 3 FMH 505 Intro to FMH 3
PSY 575 Abnormal Psychology 3 PSY 575 Abnormal Psychology 3
FMH 510 Victimology 3 FMH 510 Victimology 3
FMH 515 Eval/Tx Adults 3 FMH 515 Eval/Tx Adults 3
FMH 520 Eval/Tx Youth 3 FMH 520 Eval/Tx Youth 3
FMH 525 Intro Law for FMH 3 FMH 525 Intro Law for FMH 3
FMH 527 Family/Juvenile Law 3 FMH 527 Family/Juvenile Law 3
FMH 535 Mental Health Law 3 FMH 535 Mental Health Law 3
FMH 540 Externship 3 FMH 540 Externship 3
FMH 592 Substance Abuse 3 FMH 592 Substance Abuse 3
FMH elective 3 HSA 553 Health Systems and Policy 3
FMH elective 3 HSA 557 Legal Aspects of Health Systems 3
HSA 558 Budgeting for Govt, Non-profit and Health Administration 3
HSA 572 Program Planning, Analysis & Evaluation 3

Elective course work varies from term to term. Examples of elective coursework from the disciplines of Forensic Mental Health, Psychology and Health Services Administration Health can be reviewed here.