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Citywide Case Management Forensic Program

Citywide Case Management Forensic Program is a UCSF/SFGH Department of Psychiatry program.  Since 1981, Citywide has been providing comprehensive intensive outpatient services to San Francisco residents with mental illness.  The Citywide Forensic Program works exclusively with clients involved in the criminal justice system. The Forensic Team works closely with Jail Psychiatric Services and is the primary provider for Behavioral Health Court (BHC).  Staff is devoted to help stabilize and improve clients’ lives in the community. 

In October 1999, the City and County of San Francisco received the Mentally Ill Offenders Crime Reduction Grant from the California Board of Corrections. This grant created the Forensic Support System (FSS), an integrated model of services. The system of services includes the Office of the Public DefenderAdult Probation, Parole Department and Jail Psychiatric Services to target mentally ill offenders. Clients must meet the CWCM eligibility criteria (here). 

The Citywide Forensic Program is funded by contract through the San Francisco Department of Public Health's Community Behavior Health Services; recipient of a SAMHSA grant to work with dually diagnosed women in BHC (WISH grant); MHSA award to create a Full Service Partnership (FSP) for individuals in BHC; and a Mentally Ill Offender Crime Reduction grant to provide Supported Employment services for participants.

The Citywide Forensic Program consists of an interdisciplinary staff of 25 mental health professionals and has internships available. This comprehensive outpatient program has several innovative components:
  • Outreach and crisis intervention
  • Long-term therapeutic relationships
  • Daily support groups, many focusing on substance use and mental health
  • Daily medication regimens, when needed
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Courtroom consultation
  • Assessment
  • Flexible housing fund
  • Saturday programing
  • Incentives such as food, clothing, and entertainment vouchers
  • Vocational rehabilitation through a Supported Employment Program
  • After-hour coverage for crises
  • Community re-integration


Contact:  Kerry McKee