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Community and public safety psychiatry

Forensic Psychiatry Program

Forensic psychiatry is the field of medicine focused on the intersection of mental health and the legal system. 

The MUSC Forensic Psychiatry Program (FPP) provides assessment and consulting services to criminal and civil legal entities, supports the year-long forensic psychiatry fellowship training program, and conducts forensic research with current projects supported by federal grants, including faculty with a history of federal, state and private foundation funding support. 

Consulting services span the forensic field with expertise in civil and criminal case work such as competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, capacity to conform behavior, mitigation, risk assessment, impact of traumatic brain injury, malpractice, standards of care, child custody, termination of parental rights, guardianships, and conservatorships. 

By contract with the South Carolina Department of Mental Health Forensic Services Center, the CPSPD conducts the Competency to Stand Trial, Criminal Responsibility/Capacity to Conform adult and juvenile evaluations for ten counties in the low country region of the state. 

The program also operates the year-long forensic psychiatry fellowship training program.


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