The designated forensic professional program: a state government-university partnership to improve forensic mental health services

J Ment Health Adm. Fall 1991;18(3):223-30. doi: 10.1007/BF02518593.


As the law/mental health field has expanded and matured in the last 20 years, the sophistication required by mental health professionals in order to respond appropriately to legal questions has grown significantly. Courts and legislatures define a growing number of legal competencies. Judges and attorneys are more familiar with mental health law than they were 10 or 20 years ago.

MeSH terms

  • Credentialing / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Criminal Psychology* / standards
  • Forensic Psychiatry / standards*
  • Humans
  • Inservice Training / methods
  • Interinstitutional Relations
  • Massachusetts
  • Mental Health Services / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Mentors
  • Program Development / methods
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care / organization & administration
  • Workforce