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About Forensic Psychiatry


British Columbia's Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission (FPSC) is a multi-site health organization providing specialized hospital and community-based assessment, treatment and clinical case management services for adults with mental health disorders who are in conflict with the law. This unique provincial service ensures that forensic psychiatric patients throughout the province have equitable access to high quality care and services; and that the BC Review Board and court authorities across the province are supported by the expert advice and opinions provided by specialized, interdisciplinary teams of health professionals.

The Commission takes its authority from the Forensic Psychiatry Act, the Criminal Code of Canada and the BC Mental Health Act. In complying with BC Review Board decisions, the Commission works within its authority to ensure patients are supported in hospital and in the community. Forensic mental health teams also liaise with other authorities and community agencies to support patients and ensure public safety. 

In December 2001, the FPSC became part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA). PHSA is responsible for managing the quality, coordination, accessibility and cost of selected province-wide health care programs and services.

FPSC is fully accredited and has received the highest accreditation standing from Accreditation Canada: Accredited with Exemplary Standing.

Find out more about our programs and services under Services.

To find out more about safety and security at FPSC, view the Frequently Asked Questions.

Note*** If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and are seeking immediate help, please call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest hospital emergency room as soon as possible. The Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission does not take “walk-up” referrals at anytime, under any circumstances.



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