Presentation of the 2021 Howard Sokolov Forensic Mental Health Leadership Award

In 2015, OhioMHAS established “The Howard H. Sokolov Forensic Mental Health Leadership Award” to honor the memory of Howard Sokolov, MD.

 

Dr. Sokolov was a legend in forensic psychiatry in Ohio. He was an outstanding psychiatrist, leader, and scholar who made tremendous contributions to Ohio’s mental health field for decades. He was quite instrumental in the development of Ohio’s current forensic mental health system including the extensive revision of the forensic statutes in the Ohio Revised Code. He was influential in the establishment of the system of community-based forensic evaluation centers and the development of numerous forensic policies and procedures that govern the work in the Regional Psychiatric Hospitals.

 

Dr. Sokolov served as Commissioner of the former Department of Mental Health in the 1970s, and subsequently held a number of other positions including Forensic Medical Director and Acting Medical Director for an extended period. He also served as President of the Ohio Psychiatric Association and was Professor of Psychiatry and George T. Harding III Psychotherapy Chair at The Ohio State University, where he was named as “Professor of the Year” by the psychiatry residents on several occasions.

 

PURPOSE: To recognize excellence in the Ohio forensic mental health system by honoring an individual or a program involved in a direct practice, program, policy-making and/or planning role who influences forensic mental health services by consistently reflecting a commitment to excellence, recognition of dignity and worth of the consumer, the security and safety of the community, and dedication to providing quality forensic mental health services.

To get the MICROSOFT TEAMS link to this event, please contact 

JODONNELL@FESC-OH.org or MHuegel@FESC-OH.org

National Issues related to Competency Restoration and Ohio’s Response: Implementation of SB2

November 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 12th, 2021 the OHIO Mental Health and Addiction Services Department of Forensic Services will offer their annual professional education conference, this year focusing on the changes in the Ohio statute language for competency restoration, and the populations that this will most likely impact.

TO REGISTER:  https://concept.paloaltou.edu/2021-ohiomhas/

November 2nd, 2021, Elizabeth Kelley, Esq. presenting The Intersection of Mental Disabilities and the Criminal Justice System is a nationally recognized attorney for individuals with severe mental illness, intellectual disabilities, and autism spectrum and her talk will focus on the challenges faced by attorneys defending people with mental illness in the criminal justice system. As a criminal defense attorney, Elizabeth Kelley is an advocate for persons with mental and intellectual disabilities. She is the chair of the ARC’s National Center for Criminal Justice and Disability and has published a practical guide for criminal defense lawyers representing people with mental disabilities and for individuals with autism spectrum characteristics including a handbook for families of people with disabilities and criminal court situations (see her bio for details). Ms. Kelley will share with the audience her experiences of defending individuals with disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, severe mental illness, and autism, and her efforts to make the criminal justice system aware of the unique needs and situations for this population. This session will be held from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EST) via video conference. All materials will be provided to registered participants ahead of time via email.

November 4th, 2021, Dr. Neil Gowensmith and a panel of Ohio experts will present National Issues related to Competency Restoration and Ohio’s Response: Implementation of SB2 about the national trend towards increasing referrals for competency restoration has placed heavy burdens on the state-run psychiatric facilities resulting in the waitlist for forensic services and challenges for serving individuals in crisis and need of psychiatric state-run hospitalization. In this session, you will hear from Dr. Gowensmith about the factors that may be driving this issue and how other states have responded, including case law shaping these changes. You will also learn about Ohio’s passage of Senate Bill 2, the case law considered and the impact this will have on the forensic mental health system in the state of Ohio. Justice Eve Stratton, Christina Shaynak-Diaz, Dr. Robert Baker, Vicki Montesano, and Betsy Johnson will address the multi-system implications to SB 2 and how providers are responding to this. This session will be held from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EST) and 12:45 to 3:15 PM via video conference. All materials will be provided to registered participants ahead of time via email.

November 5th, 2021, Dr. John Tuell will present Dual Status Youth: Innovative Solutions & Positive Outcomes about juveniles who come into contact with both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems and occupy various statuses in terms of their relationship to the two systems. A growing body of research has consistently confirmed that, in comparison to juveniles without such cross-system involvement, dual status youth present a range of important challenges. The challenges and costs associated with dual-status youth strongly suggest the need to devise and implement innovative ways to manage these difficult cases. The RFK National Resource Center has guided state and local jurisdictions, including six currently in Ohio, in their endeavor to improve the outcomes for dual status youth (DSY) and families and to enhance system performance. This session will dynamically highlight the approach, the practice – and the innovative solutions and positive results from this work. The session will include a discussion of case law and will provide a roadmap for other jurisdictions to achieve the same positive results. This session will be held from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EST) via video conference. All materials will be provided to registered participants ahead of time via email.

November 12th from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM (EST) panelists from Ohio’s judiciary will present The Role of the Mental Health Court in Ohio, now and moving forward. This panel with Judge Jodi Thomas, Judge Cindi Morehart, and Jill Hillman will discuss case law and focus on the treatment and rehabilitation efforts being made in Ohio’s mental health courts. There are over 40 certified or courts in active pursuit of certification of mental health courts in Ohio. You can see a map of specialized dockets around the state on the Ohio Supreme Court’s website and learn more about the standards that these courts must meet. All materials will be provided to registered participants ahead of time via email.

All participants will be registered through the CONCEPT secure website using a unique email address and password (login). All participants will have the opportunity to ask questions in real-time of each of the presenters/panelists and will have access to others’ posed questions. All participants will be required to submit a satisfaction survey expressing their comments about what they learned regarding the pre-published objectives.  Educational materials will be provided to all participants via the email address they provided during registration and additional links provided to them throughout the conference sessions. The educational materials will be available after the conference for approximately thirty days for anyone who is registered to access them. The conference sessions will not be recorded for future broadcasts.

 

Systemic Inequities in Forensic Evaluations

The Ohio Forensic Center Directors Association is proud to partner with Concept Continuing and Professional Studies and Palo Alto University to present

Systemic Inequities in Forensic Evaluations

Over the last year, there has been a nationwide awakening to racial and discriminatory injustices against minorities in this country. Laws have been changed and policies have been enacted to set a new standard for our society. Many established institutions have publicly stated a  change in their approach to become more culturally aware and to train their staff to do the same. To be culturally competent is a requirement for most medical professionals and those who frequently interact with diverse groups of people. The American Psychology Association loosely defines cultural competency as, “the ability to understand, appreciate and interact with people from cultures or belief systems different from one’s own” (DeAngelis, 2015). In other words, gaining more resources to better evaluate or assist your patients by understanding their cultural background.

This conference was created to improve knowledge and skills for forensic evaluators, mental health providers, and related professions. Our committee aimed to provide professionals with a space to think introspectively about how they interact with those that are racially and culturally different. Different topics will be covered during this conference, such as trauma-informed care, intellectual disabilities/ASD in forensic cases, and the impact of racial discrimination on adolescent mental health. Our key speakers will be Dr. Brian Sims, Dr. Antoinette Kavanagh, and Dr. Joette James. Historically, racial, and ethnic minorities have not been treated properly in the medical field leading to significant hesitancy to receive medical aid that stretches across generations. With the implementation of this conference, our committee calls on forensic evaluators and mental health providers to take that extra step forward in recognizing the institutionalized boundaries patients face daily and applying this knowledge in the community.

Continuing Education credits are being applied for from the American Psychological Association. It is $25 per session or $65 for all three sessions. There is a discounted student rate ($10 per session). To register: https://concept.paloaltou.edu/systemic-inequities-conference/

Systemic Inequities in Forensic Evaluations Conference

 

 

The University of New Mexico Law and Mental Health Series Continues

For more information, contact HSC-LawMentalHealth@salud.unm.edu about this weekly continuing education program – offered on Tuesday afternoons at 2:00 PM (EST) over Zoom and for free and with APA approved CEs.

You do have to pre-register and get on their mailing list for their monthly calendar of really amazing presenters.

To register for the upcoming individual sessions you can use this link: https://hsc-unm.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xo4njEcIRHSSDdYvKgHYxQ

Monthly, they send out a flyer of their upcoming speakers/topics. Here is the most recent flyer.

June 2021 LMH overview flier – just click this link and it will provide you the pdf for this month’s guest lectures.

 

 

We will continue to update these as we get them, but for the most current information please sign up directly with the university.

Did you receive a refund from Brown Paper Tickets for the 2020 conference registration?

Hello to All those who were registered attendees for the April 9th & 10th 2020 conference and who paid registration fees to Brown Paper Tickets,

As an association, we reached out to you to reimburse you for your 2020 prepaid registration when we learned that Brown Paper Tickets was not going to honor the refund policy following Covid’s onset. In May or June of 2020, we sent you a check from our Association to make you whole because we wanted to honor our commitment. We were fairly certain at that time that BPT was not going to reimburse anyone and certainly not in the short run. We have been told that Brown Paper Ticket is slowly climbing out of the financial catastrophe they found themselves in and is reimbursing individuals using the credit card you provided them at that time. Please notify us and consider reimbursing the association, if you get your money back from BPT. We will put the money to use to build our 2022 conference, which will include supporting a couple of educational opportunities that we plan to offer for at most a nominal fee. Checks should be made out to:

Ohio Forensic Directors Association  – 101 High St., 3rd Floor, Hamilton, OH 45011

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask. We are here (virtually) to answer anything we can help with.

Recap of the Annual Ohio Forensic Directors Conference

We really want to thank this year’s speakers Dr. Maureen Reardon and Dr. Shaun Acheson, and all of our poster presenters. We also want to acknowledge the work of Amber Watkins and her team from CONCEPT who delivered an excellent two-day presentation for approximately 80 participants and Drs. Kara Marciani, and Erin Nichting for their efforts.

We are pleased to announce that Ashley H. VanDercar, MD, JD was the winner of our poster presentation. Her topic “Mens Rea, Sanity, and Kahler v. Kansas; implications for Ohio” tied in nicely with the conference topics. The votes were very close, and we felt all of the presenters did a great job. Thank you for your contributions.

While this year’s conference was not in-person, and many of you commented on that, it was still great to see and hear colleagues asking great questions and thinking critically about this year’s topics.

If you are an Ohio Psychological Association MCE program member, please SEND your CONCEPT Continuing Education Certificates to OPA-MCE to credit your account. They will not be automatically sent this year. You can email (or mail) your scanned certificates to mce@ohpsych.org and you will be credited for your APA-approved CEs and they will count as completed forensic and ethics hours. If you need more information about the OPA-MCE program you can find more about them here.

Please join us in our upcoming educational opportunities. We will be posting here and hopefully be back in person, very soon.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR 2021 Annual Conference – offered via video on 4/29 & 4/30

To register for our April 29th & 30th conference – providing 10 hours of CE/CME/CLE credits for professionals in the criminal justice and mental health fields (tuition $100), including 4 hours of ethics education – register here:

https://training.concept.paloaltou.edu/courses/2021-Ohio-Forensic-Directors-Association-Conference

For more information about our topics and speakers please see this post:

Poster Session Applications for the 2021 Forensic Conference Now OPEN for Applicants

The 2021 Miller Makey and Howard Sokoloff Memorial Poster Session will be virtual.

The Association of Ohio Forensic Evaluation Center Directors invites graduate psychology, medical and law students or residents conducting research on mental health and criminal justice-based topics to present virtual poster summaries at its annual conference. The 2021 annual conference for the Association of Ohio Forensic Center Directors will be held virtually on Thursday, April 29, 2021 (full day) and Friday, April 30, 2021 (half-day) and our poster presentation will be incorporated into the program. Posters may report on recent empirical (quantitative or qualitative) studies or non-empirical (theoretical/review) projects.

Accepted submissions will be presented virtually via a video file that is not to exceed five (5) minutes in length.  Participants also will be required to submit a PDF file that can be downloaded by interested attendees. Participants will present a five (5) minute pre-recorded talk to accompany one PowerPoint slide that details their poster content. The presentation will be followed by a networking chat session during which they can discuss their presentations.

If your submission is accepted for presentation for the poster session, you will be given instructions to assist you in preparing your materials in the required format. Your registration fee for the conference will be waived.

Submission Instructions:

Potential poster participants can use the form linked here or submit the following information to kmarciani@eastway.org via word document, no later than March 15th, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.   This information must include:

  • Title of presentation (please limit to 10 words or fewer)
  • Principal author (In instances of multiple authorship, the principal author will be the one whose name is listed first and will be the designated contact person for the presentation and will have the registration waived).  You should include the individual’s name, highest educational degree, e-mail, complete mailing address, contact phone numbers, and institution affiliation.
  • Coauthors:  name, highest educational degree, and institution affiliation.
  • Up to 300 word abstract of the poster, including a statement of the problem, subjects used, procedure, results, and conclusions.

Please include any information pertaining to any financial disclosures that must be made by the principal author or co-author(s).

ALL authors must agree to poster submission and abstract publication in the conference abstract booklet, which may be published online. All authors have to sign off for abstracts to be eligible for acceptance.

Association of Forensic Center Directors Announces the 2021 Annual Conference & Poster Presentation

This will be a virtual conference offered through our program partner, Concept Continual & Professional Studies. The cost of this 10-hour CEU course is $100 for both days. Register here if you are not affiliated with an Ohio forensic center. If you are affiliated with a forensic center – contact your director for a registration link, specific to your agency.

https://training.concept.paloaltou.edu/courses/2021-Ohio-Forensic-Directors-Association-Conference

Once you are registered through Concept for this event, you will receive the login information and instructions at the same email you used for registration. The email will instruct you on how to participate in this two-day event. After you create an account with Concept, add them to your safe-sender list (so their emails do not go into your junk/spam folder). Remember your login and password so that you can access your registration dashboard, even if you can’t find the registration email. Your Concept dashboard will also have links to the handouts and the video-access links you need to join the program.

This year we are pleased to bring back the two-day conference format, albeit virtually and the poster presentations. The full-day program will be on April 29th and will include the Makey-Sokolov Poster Presentations. The half-day program will be on April 30th.

The conference will be virtual but will have the same level of excellent forensic mental health – legal continuing education opportunities that you have come to expect. This program is designed to provide education for those professionals in Ohio who are affiliated with the accredited forensic evaluation centers but anyone with a professional interest in this field is invited.

Deadline for applications for the poster presentation is March 15th, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

The two-day program will be held on APRIL 29th & 30th, 2021. Registration costs and instructions will be posted here when registration opens.

Our 2021 speakers are Maureen Reardon, Ph.D. ABPP, Clinical and Forensic Psychologist and President, American Board of Forensic Psychology; and Shawn K. Acheson, Ph.D. Clinical and Forensic Neuropsychologist at Clinical Neuroscience Services of WNC in Asheville, NC, and Duke University.

Drs. Reardon and Acheson are going to be presenting together on Day 1.

Pharmacology and Mental State Evaluations – Day 1 – April 29th is a full-day presentation by Dr. Maureen Reardon and Dr. Shawn K. Acheson starting at 9:30 AM (EST) and going until 5:00 PM with breaks, and qualifying for a total of 6.0 contact hours.

Recreational drugs are common in criminal activity and can exert potent effects on cognition, affect, and behavioral control. This workshop provides an introduction to the neuropsychopharmacology of recreational drugs of abuse (e.g., alcohol, sedatives, stimulants, opiates, and hallucinogens) with particular emphasis on alcohol and stimulants, given their ubiquity in criminal activity.   First discussed are the effects of various substances, and combinations thereof, on mental state, and then consideration of the legal implications.  Next, strategies for disentangling the effects of various substances from underlying mental conditions will be provided.  Lastly, the relevance of substance-related altered mental states to criminal responsibility evaluations in Ohio will be discussed and illustrated via case vignettes.

Practical Strategies & Ethical Considerations for Formulating Sanity Opinions – Day 2 – April 30th is a half-day presentation from Dr. Reardon starting at 8:00 AM (EST) and going until 12:30 PM with a break, for a total of 4.0 contact hours.

This second day is also a stand-alone workshop but will build upon the material from Day 1 by identifying the essential data sources and methods of evaluating a defendant’s understanding of the wrongfulness of the alleged acts while highlighting relevant ethical considerations from referral to evaluation to testimony. 

Registration will open soon and can be found on the Concept website. That link will be here when registration opens.

If you are a Legal Examiner at one of our ten accredited centers, please see your supervisor for the registration code for your center.

Note: Continuing Education credits are now APPROVED for MDs, Psychologists**, RNs, LSW/LPCC, and Attorneys. **There will be no partial credit given for any psychologist that does not complete the entire day’s program (i.e. all day Thursday or half-day Friday). Other professions can get partial credit.

We have confirmed that ETHICS credit has been approved for the second (half-day) session, as well.

To Register (if you are not affiliated with a forensic center) go here: https://training.concept.paloaltou.edu/courses/2021-Ohio-Forensic-Directors-Association-Conference

The University of New Mexico Law and Mental Health Series Continues

For more information, contact HSC-LawMentalHealth@salud.unm.edu about this weekly continuing education program – offered on Tuesday afternoons at 2:00 PM (EST) over Zoom and for free and with APA approved CEs.

You do have to pre-register and get on their mailing list for their monthly calendar of really amazing presenters.

To register for the upcoming individual sessions you can use this link: https://hsc-unm.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xo4njEcIRHSSDdYvKgHYxQ

Monthly, they send out a flyer of their upcoming speakers/topics. Here is the most recent flyer.

 

We will continue to update these as we get them, but for the most current information please sign up directly with the university.