Forensicare Serious Offender Consultation Service

The Forensicare Serious Offender Consultation Service (F-SOCS) is an initiative funded by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). It aims to support Community Correctional Services (CCS) and mental health services in the management of individuals who have a serious mental illness (SMI) and a history of serious violent and/or sexual offending.

Program aims

The F-SOCS program targets clients of CCS with a SMI who are either not currently engaged with Area Mental Health Services (AMHS) or where engagement is problematic. Clients to be considered for referral are those thought to pose a high risk of further serious violent and/or sexual offending.

F-SOCS provides forensic mental health assessments and facilitates access to the mental health sector for eligible offenders currently on an order supervised by CCS (CCO, Parole or Supervision Order).

Program eligibility

Referrals to the F-SOCS can only be made by CCS staff.

Referral criteria for F-SOCS:

  • Serious violent and/or sexual offending history
  • Currently rated as high risk of violent and/or sexual offending
  • Likely presence of serious mental illness
  • Engagement in mental health treatment problematic or non-existent. For clients in custody, it is anticipated that difficulties in engagement with mental health treatment services will occur
  • Planned or current involvement with CCS (Parole or Court Stream). Clients must have a  minimum of 3 months left on their order

F-SOCS does not provide primary treatment for offenders.

More information

For more information about F-SOCS download our brochure or contact:

Telephone: 9947 2500

Email: fsocs@forensicare.vic.gov.au