Penndel Mental Health Center

Forensics Services

Admission Criteria

Individual eligibility is determined by collaboration between the FSP team and Bucks County Prisons, Bucks County Probation/Parole as well as county mental health forensic liaisons. We do not accept direct referrals for this program from other providers.

Individuals who meet the criteria for Penndel Mental Health Center’s Forensic Services Program will need a diagnosis falling within the category of “Serious and Persistent Mental Illness” or “SPMI” i.e. Schizophrenia (any type), Schizoaffective Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Personality Disorders, Major Depression.

Individuals should have a history of either: frequent hospitalizations, non-compliance with traditional outpatient treatment, non-compliance with medication, history of institutional care with limited community integration, frequent contact with emergency rooms or psychiatric crisis centers, limited resources (housing, benefits, healthcare, etc.)

Individuals with intellectual disabilities (IQ <70), traumatic brain injury or any other organic brain disorder may be excluded due to state regulations.

Individual must have a minimum of 6 months probation/parole for us to work with them.

Contact Information Andrea Ashman, MSW (FSP Coordinator) aashman@penndelmhc.org

How do I refer someone to this service?

Services begin with a referral from the Bucks County Prison or the Bucks County Probation/Parole Office. This program is noted for its close integration with the Probation/Parole Office and that all referrals need to be cleared through them.

 

What is Forensic Community Treatment Team (CTT)?
Our goal is to reduce recidivism within the criminal justice system, to improve the quality of life and community integration of consumers, and to promote recovery. We work very closely with the Bucks Co. Probation/Parole office and coordinate activities with them on a regular basis in regards to the consumers we both serve.

 

Services Offered

Consumers are served in the community, on an intensive level of intervention (2-6/days per week), maximizing a recovery oriented treatment plan that values individual skill development, illness management and recovery, employment/education goals, independence (living situation) and community integration to maximize independence, self choice and quality of life.

 

Services include:

Our services are “inclusive”, i.e. all services are provided through the FSP team. We have our own psychiatrist, therapists, nursing, Drug and Alcohol specialists and vocational/housing specialists. The program operates 24/7 and has “on-call” staff available to assist consumers after normal business hours.