Forensic and custodial mental health services include court diversion and specialist mental health services provided to adults and adolescents in inpatient, custodial, and community settings.

The Network’s mental health services aim to promote mental health and wellbeing and, where possible, prevent the development of mental health problems, mental illness and suicide. When mental health problems and illness do occur, mental health services aim to reduce the impact, promote recovery and physical health, and encourage meaningful participation in society.

Mental health services

  • Court Diversion services conduct mental health assessments for adults and young people appearing before the Local and Children’s Courts and provide advice to magistrates regarding diversion options for people with identified mental illness.
  • Community Integration Team delivers statewide service assisting young people in juvenile detention up to the age of 21 years to access community-based health services upon release from custody.
  • Custodial Mental Health provides specialist mental health services to adults in correctional centres. Its services include specialist services for older people and women in the perinatal period and a Mental Health Helpline, which provides advice and referrals for patients in correctional centres, their relatives and carers, as well as staff of the Network, Corrective Service NSW, and Local Health Districts.
  • Community Forensic Mental Health Service is a consultation-liaison forensic psychiatry service that provides specialist forensic assessments and advice to Local Health District clinicians on the treatment and management of forensic and high-risk civil patients in the community.

Custodial and forensic mental health inpatient facilities

  • Long Bay Hospital Mental Health Unit
  • High secure inpatient services at the Forensic Hospital.
  • Local health districts provide medium secure mental health facilities at:
    • Macquarie Unit, Bloomfield Hospital
    • Bunya Unit, Cumberland Hospital
    • Kestrel Unit, Morisset Hospital.