Forensic Mental Health Services

Tasmania's Forensic Mental Health Services provides community and inpatient mental health assessment, treatment and case management for offenders (or people at risk of offending) who have a mental disorder. Clients are provided with contemporary, professional and highly specialised psychiatric care and treatment so that their condition is well managed.

Community Forensic Mental Health Service

This is free statewide confidential service for people who have a mental health issue and who are also involved with or at high risk of becoming involved with the criminal justice system. The service offers mental health assessment, liaison, counselling, support, education, advice and referral to other services. Eligible people for this service are people aged over 18 years of age who have a mental illness and are:

  • On a forensic order
  • On Magistrate’s bail with specific directions to present to CFMHS
  • On probation or parole
  • At high risk of becoming involved with the criminal justice system

Court Liaison Service

Court Liaison Officers provide assistance for people with mental health problems who have to go to court. They can provide support for individuals and family members, explain court processes or advise on how to contact a lawyer. Court Liaison Officers also undertake psychiatric assessments as requested by magistrates and judges and provide assessments and recommendations to the Mental Health Diversional List in Hobart.

Mental Health Diversional List

The Mental Health Diversional List is a therapeutic alternative to the general magistrate court process, It is a voluntary option for people with a mental illness who have minor charges and who want to participate in treatment and rehabilitation programs to address their mental health and any related issues that may have led to their offending behaviours. It is a less formal but structured process that occurs in the Magistrates Court in Hobart.

Inpatient Service - Wilfred Lopes Centre 

We provide professional and appropriate care and treatment in an appropriate and secure health setting.

Patients at the Wilfred Lopes Centre include:

  • Prisoners with a mental illness requiring specialist treatment
  • People with mental illness appearing in, or remanded from the courts
  • People sent by judges or magistrates for assessment either before sentencing or earlier in the court process e.g. to establish fitness to stand trial
  • Those found not guilty by reason of insanity, unfit to plead or placed on a Forensic Order
  • In exceptional circumstances, young people with mental illness from Ashley Youth Detention Centre who can be accommodated separately at the SMHU
  • Prisoners with cognitive or intellectual impairment in exceptional circumstances
  • Non-offenders in exceptional circumstances over 18 years of age who have severe and/or prolonged mental illness resulting in significant risk to themselves or others & cannot be safely accommodated elsewhere

The Wilfred Lopes Centre is staffed by highly trained specialist mental health nurses, psychiatrists, allied health professionals and support staff.

For more information about the Forensic Mental Health Service, please phone (03) 6777 1204 (Northern Tasmania) or (03) 6166 0486 (Southern Tasmania).

Administrative Phone Number

(03) 6777 1204 (Northern Tasmania) or (03) 6166 0486 (Southern Tasmania).