The Office of Community Forensic Services manages and supports the following programs.
Persons found Not Guilty by Reason of Mental Disease or Defect (NGI) can be placed in the community by the courts. The Conditional Release Program is responsible for providing treatment and supervision to these individuals so they can live safely and productively in the community.
Wisconsin Community Services, Inc. (WCS) is the contracted service provider for the statewide Court Liaison and Forensic Tracking services. This program provides case consultation and education to the court, maintains tracking and collects data for the Department of Health Services on all the different phases of proceedings under Chapter 971 and works collaboratively with the various stakeholders that are involved with these types of cases to address system issues as needed.
The OARS program is a joint venture between the Department of Corrections and Department of Health Services. The purpose of the program is to fund, coordinate, and administer quality reentry services to the highest need and risk based population of mentally ill offenders as they prepare for their release from prison and transition to the community.
Individuals charged with crimes must be competent to understand the court process and the possible outcomes of that process. If any representative of the judicial process questions whether an individual is competent, the court may order a competency evaluation. This is a statewide program, with most of these evaluations conducted in local jails.
Individuals charged with crimes must be competent to understand the court process and the possible outcomes of that process. This program offers a least restrictive and cost-effective alternative for defendants adjudicated Not Competent but Likely to Regain Competency and who do not appear to require the full structure, services, and security of an inpatient setting to complete remediation treatment.
Office of Community Forensic Services Annual Reports
Published annually, this document is a review of the program goals for the Office of Community Forensic Services and the extent to which these goals were accomplished.