Community Forensic Mental Health Services

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The Community Forensic Mental Health Service (CFMHS) is the service delivery arm of Forensicare’s outpatient and community based programs. The statewide service is located in Clifton Hill, in close proximity to Thomas Embling Hospital.

The programs provided by the CFMHS are primarily for people who have a serious mental illness and have offended, or are at high risk of offending. Specialist assessment and treatment is also provided for people who present with a range of serious problem behaviours.

Services are provided on the basis of a referral and subsequent assessment. Most clients are referred from area mental health services, Corrections Victoria, courts, Adult Parole Board, Thomas Embling Hospital, as well as other government agencies and private practitioners.

All programs and services are provided by mental health clinicians from a range of disciplines. Services are provided through the following programs

In addition we are currently involved in two major pilot programs:

  • Mental Health Community Corrections Screening Pilot: This 12 month pilot provides clinical assessment and advice to inform Community Correctional Services’ Court Advisory Service regarding a client’s mental health, and to provide recommendations on inclusion of the Mental Health Treatment and Rehabilitation condition on a Community Correction Order.
  • Family Violence Police Enhancement Pilot: A 12 month pilot which involves embedding senior forensic mental health clinicians in two Enhanced Family Violence teams of Victoria Police in the North Western region to provide expert risk assessment consultancy and advice.

Visitor information

The Community Forensic Mental Health Service is located at 505 Hoddle Street, Clifton Hill, Victoria, 3068.
You can contact the Community Forensic Mental Health Service on (03) 9947 2500 or if ringing from overseas on +613 9947 2500

If driving, you can use the following map, or find us at Melways Map reference 29, G9.

Parking

One and two hour free parking can be found outside the shops near on Queens Pde.
Four hour free parking is also available behind McDonald’s on Dummett Crescent (unsigned).
Those coming by bike/motorcycle can park directly in front of our building.

Public Transport

Trams
Route 86- Stop 25 Tram route 86 (Bundoora – RMIT) runs directly from the city to Bundoora, passing Southern Cross Station, Smith St in Collingwood, and the Clifton Hill Interchange. Travel time from the city to Clifton Hill Interchange is approximately 30 minutes.
Buses
Several Buses run via Clifton Hill Station and the Clifton Hill Interchange.
246 – Elsternwick – La Trobe University via Clifton Hill, St Kilda Junction
250 – Garden City – La Trobe University via City,
251 – Garden City – Northland via City
504 – Moonee Ponds – Clifton Hill via East Brunswick (Stops at Clifton Hill Railway Station)
546 – Heidelberg – Melbourne University – Queen Victoria Market via Clifton Hill & Carlton (Stops at Clifton Hill Railway Station)
Trains
Clifton Hill Station is located a short walk down from CFMHS on Hoddle Street. Clifton Hill Station is serviced by the South Morang line (formerly known as the Epping line) and the Hurstbridge line.