Training Sites

MN DHS Direct Care and Treatment- Forensic Division St. Peter

The State of Minnesota Department of Human Services administers multiple programs at the St. Peter Regional Treatment Center including the Minnesota Security Hospital (the state's sole secure psychiatric facility), the Minnesota Sex Offender Program, the Forensic Nursing Home and a Transition to Community program. The Minnesota Security Hospital houses approximately 250 persons including insanity acquittees, individuals civilly committed as Mental Ill and Dangerous, and individuals admitted for Restoration to Competency.

In addition, the Forensic Network (a group of mental health evaluators) provides Forensic Evaluation Services to Courts in several counties in the state pertaining to issues related to Competence to Stand Trial, Criminal Responsibility, Risk Management in Sex Offenders, Risk Management in Violent Offenders, Transition of Care for Forensic Inpatients. At St. Peter Regional Treatment Center Fellows will rotate through each of these programs and will receive supervision on issues pertaining to the special forensic population housed at each of the programs.

University of Minnesota Medical Center

The Division of Forensic Psychiatry is located within the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. This will be the main site for fellow didactics and seminars. This will also be the site for the Law and Psychiatry Rotation. This is a year long rotation wherein fellows will receive assignments from a myriad of referring agencies and courts including the Hennepin and Ramsey County Courts, Private Law Firms, the Center for New Americans at the University of Minnesota Law School and Others. Fellows will be under direct supervision of the Program Director at this site.

Fourth Judicial District Court, Psychological Services

The Psychological Services Division provides court-ordered forensic evaluations of adults involved in Criminal Court or Family Court custody/visitation cases and juveniles involved in delinquency cases. As part of the training program fellows will have an opportunity to perform court ordered forensic psychiatric examinations, submit reports to the court and offer testimony when required at the Fourth Judicial District Court.

Center for New Americans

The Center for New Americans was founded at the University of Minnesota Law School in 2013. It’s mission is to expand urgently needed legal services for noncitizens, pursue litigation that will improve the nation's immigration laws, and educate noncitizens about their rights. One of the three clinics at the Center includes the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic  that represents asylum seekers fleeing persecution in their home countries. As part of their training Forensic Psychiatry fellows will work in conjunction with student attorneys at this clinic and provide consultation on cases involving individuals who are seeking asylum and related forms of relief.