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(p. 30) The Designated Forensic Professional Program in Massachusetts 

(p. 30) The Designated Forensic Professional Program in Massachusetts
(p. 30) The Designated Forensic Professional Program in Massachusetts

Ira K. Packer

and Thomas Grisso

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date: 01 March 2021

The Designated Forensic Professional Program in Massachusetts, a collaboration between the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, was started in 1985 for the purpose of providing specialty training and certification to mental health professionals providing public-sector evaluations of competence to stand trial and criminal responsibility to the Massachusetts courts. The program initially certified only psychologists but was eventually expanded to include forensic psychiatrists as well. The approach involves intensive mentoring and supervision and serves as a national model for states wishing to train public sector mental health professionals in the delivery of specialized forensic evaluations.

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