Second Opinion Evaluations for Non-Secured Status in Ohio’s Mental Health System
June 8, 2023, 1:00 to 4:00 PM – via Zoom Webinar
One of the four types of evaluations funded by the Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services (OHMHAS) is something called the Second Opinion for Non-secured Status. In the field, we refer to this as a “second opinion” or “285” evaluation because the state hospital gives its opinion to the court about whether the individual is ready to move to a less restrictive setting, and then the forensic center for that acquittee’s county gives the second opinion on this matter. A “285” is essentially a risk assessment and treatment plan review of the Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI) acquittee’s or Incompetent to stand trial – Unrestorable – criminal justice (ISTU-CJ) person’s appropriateness for being released from the structured treatment setting of the hospital back into the less restrictive setting of the community. In the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) this type of evaluation is called for in ORC 2945.401.
Drs. Erin Nichting and Andy Reisner will be laying out the steps necessary to complete this type of evaluation from the perspective of the forensic centers and from experience as legal examiners, forensic directors, and in Dr. Reisner’s experience, as a forensic monitor. These evaluations must include consideration of evidence-based risk-assessed items and the necessary background information that informs and identifies the individual’s risks and strengths that might mitigate this.
Participants in this training will receive the PowerPoint presentation, have access to the presenters via chat and asking questions, and will be provided with a survey at the end to provide feedback. Subtitles and the option of having an interpreter will be made available to all participants. This program will be eligible for 3.0 OPA-MCE-qualified continuing education credits. If other professions are attending we will make every effort to help you get the necessary documentation to apply for CEs in your field.
PRE Registration is required: https://forensicevaluationservicecenter.org/2023ceform/
If you are not affiliated with a forensic center, the cost of attending this training is $180. Once you have registered, you will be contacted with the details for payment. Full payment will have to be made before the training, in order to attend.