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Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Rotations

Dallas County Jail Health System

Fellows carry out suicide risk assessments using evidence-based evaluation tools and make treatment recommendations. The fellows carry out competence to stand trial evaluations, write competence to stand trial reports, and give expert testimony on cases that proceed to court. Fellows participate in dangerousness assessments and make recommendations for management of individuals with dangerous behaviors. Fellows participate in the assessment of individuals in the Sex Offenses Management Program. Fellows review police and crime scene reports pertaining to cases. They observe any cases that go to trial at the Dallas County court. Fellows rotate through the Dallas County District Attorney and Public Defender’s office to gain exposure to the preparation of cases for court.

This rotation also offers fellows consultation and testimony experience within the juvenile justice system. Fellows interface with probation officers, judges, psychologists, and medical staff serving a youth population, allowing the fellows to learn the special perspectives and concerns of these other professionals. Additional experience assisting and educating child/adolescent psychiatrists performing forensic evaluations is available.

Terrell State Hospital

Terrell State Hospital a forensic state hospital. Fellows carry out competency to stand trial evaluations on individuals found not competent to stand trial at the inpatient competency restoration unit. Fellows participate in the competency restoration processes and write forensic reports. Fellows receive one-to-one supervision on the roles and responsibilities of a forensic psychiatrist. Fellows observe manifest dangerousness review board meetings.

Dallas Metrocare Special Needs Offender Program

The Special Needs Offender Program (SNOP) is a community outpatient forensic psychiatric service. Fellows carry a number of outpatient clinical cases and, under the supervision of Dr. Kehinde Obikoya, provide psychotherapy and medication management to individuals with mental health issues who are on probation or parole for various offenses. Fellows participate in and observe hearings in various diversion courts in the Dallas County courts. Fellows participate in Assertive Outreach teams in the community management of patients managed by the SNOP services.

Parkland Memorial Hospital

Fellows carry out dangerousness evaluations and evaluations for civil commitment for patients at the Parkland Hospital inpatient service. Fellows give expert testimony at the Dallas County Mental Illness court. Fellows participate in the Pharmacy and Therapeutics meetings of the hospital where fellows observe administrative issues in the running of a county hospital. They carry out a quality improvement project and submit a written report to the Program Director by the end of the rotation. Fellows attend Ethics Committee meetings at Parkland Hospital and are supervised during the experience.