Illinois Department of Human Services

Division of Mental Health

Forensic Services


Division of Mental Health

Statutory Forensic Services

  • Forensic Populations Served:
    • Unfit to Stand Trial (UST) Pop =330 Ave LOS=4 mos.
    • Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI) Pop=347 Ave LOS 4 yrs.
    • Sexually Violent Persons (SVP) (725 ILCS 207/) Pop=533
  • Primary Responsibilities:
    • Pre-Placement Evaluations for individuals court remanded for forensic treatment within the State of Illinois.
    • Inpatient Forensic Treatment for Adults and Juveniles.
    • Maximum Security Hospital Transfer Reviews of for Male Patients in DMH Civil and Forensic Hospitals.
    • Outpatient Forensic Services in collaboration with community providers Pop= 70 Conditionally Released NGRI, 40 Outpatient Fitness Restoration
    • Administration of the Sexually Violent Person's Inpatient and Outpatient Treatment Programs.
  • State Operated Hospitals with Secure Forensic Beds
  • Current Capacity = (677)
    • Alton MHC -Adult Males and Females with Mental Illness and Mental Retardation - Medium Security (110 beds)
    • Chester MHC - Adult Males with Mental Illness and/or Mental Retardation - Maximum Security (173 beds)
    • Choate MHC - Adult Males with Mental Retardation - Medium Security program (26 beds)
    • Elgin MHC - Adult Males and Females with Mental Illness - Medium Security (319 beds)
    • McFarland MHC - Adult Males and Females with Mental Illness - Medium Security (50 adult beds)
    • 35 minimum security beds on civil hospital units at Alton, Chicago Read, Elgin, and McFarland

Mental Health and Justice Programs & Initiatives

  • Jail Data Link Program
  • Transformation Transfer Initiative Project Direction
  • Mental Health Court Development
  • Behavioral Health and Justice Integrated Court Database
  • Illinois Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health and Justice
  • Conditional Release Transitional Residential Program Model
  • IDOC/DMH Information Sharing Development
  • Moral Reconation Therapy Training.
  • Outpatient Fitness Restoration Programming
  • Mental Health Juvenile Justice Program

Challenges and Opportunities

  • Assuring that the Affordable Care Act roll-out addresses the treatment and recovery needs of Justice Involved with SMI
  • Building a Robust Community Based System of Care
  • Implementing Strategies for Diversion and Prevention
  • Building a Work Force that can do the "heavy lifting"
  • Maintaining and Building Collaborative Efforts.