John Howard Centre
12 Kenworthy Road
Patients are admitted to forensic services from acute mental health services where specialist support is indicated, courts, prisons and by instruction from the Ministry of Justice.
Our forensic services provide assessment, treatment interventions, and care to service users diagnosed with a range of mental health conditions including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, psychosis, and other serious mental health symptoms.
Not everyone who has a mental health problem and comes into contact with the police or the courts will be referred to forensic services. Many people who have offended do get sent to prison.
Recovery and Rehabilitation
The time spent in forensic units depends on an individual’s recovery and progress towards rehabilitation. Professionals who work in forensic mental health services make decisions about the length of stay in collaboration with the professionals who will be responsible for an individual's support and care following discharge. If someone has been found guilty of a violent offence, or has been considered to be dangerous, the Ministry of Justice and Parole Board are involved in decisions about discharge.
‘Forensic’ means ‘pertaining to the law’. These services are an alternative to prison for people who have a mental health problem and offer specialist treatment and care. They are ‘secure’ units, which means that people who are referred there are not free to come and go.
The philosophy and aims of the forensic rehabilitation service are encompassed by the recovery model. This is a patient centred model that focuses on patient empowerment, collaboration and aims to enable each individual’s journey of recovery.
Additionally, all our forensic service sites have specific security arrangements and protocols which all staff, patients, and visitors have to comply with. This includes depositing mobile phones, cameras, etc. into lockers provided in the main entrance.