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Oklahoma Forensic Center

Population Served: 18+ Years Old

The Oklahoma Forensic Center (OFC) is the largest inpatient behavioral health facility in the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) system. It is located in Vinita, Oklahoma, about 60 miles northeast of Tulsa, and serves all 77 counties of Oklahoma as the only inpatient forensic facility. Our mission is to provide quality forensic evaluations and effective psychiatric treatment in a therapeutic environment that preserves public safety.

OFC serves two populations, including:

1) Pretrial defendants who were deemed incompetent for adjudication.
2) Individuals adjudicated as Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI)/Not Guilty by Reason of Mental Illness (NGRMI).

In addition, OFC provides both in- and outpatient evaluations of adjudicative competency across all counties in Oklahoma. OFC provides a full medical clinic to address ongoing physical conditions and tend to the preventative health needs of our consumers. We have both a dentist and pharmacy on site to provide routine dentistry and address all medication needs comprehensively.

Additional activities and services offered on site include: recreation therapy, barbershop and salon services, canteen, library, physical activities, art and music groups, talent shows and outdoor time!

Dr. Crystal Hernandez, Executive Director of OFC

"The Oklahoma Forensic Center is tasked with the complex duty of balancing security, physical health care, and mental health treatment for those with complex psychiatric needs and justice involvement. Our staff represent a diverse and skilled group of compassionate professionals with expert forensic mental health knowledge. We aim to treat each person with dignity and respect throughout their stay with us. Everyday consumers are successfully evaluated, treated, stabilized, and restored. OFC clinicians are at the vanguard of efforts in the state to address forensic care, competency, and violence risk. OFC prides itself on innovation and inclusivity, focusing efforts on enhanced care and professional development for staff. I cannot help but be inspired by the continuing commitment of staff to Oklahoma’s most vulnerable and complex consumers."

Bed Availability & Expanding OFC

There is a national delay in criminal defendants accessing mental health services, impacting patient flow and creating barriers to entering and exiting the forensic hospital system. The increasing demand for inpatient forensic services at OFC has caused a waitlist of individuals within jails needing competency evaluations and restoration to the extent that the ODMHSAS is taking swift action. As of January 2022, the Rose Rock Recovery Center became “Transitions Recovery Center” and serves as a step down facility for OFC consumers. In addition, construction processes have begun to add 80 additional beds to OFC, helping remove existing barriers to patient flow and reducing the imbalance between capacity and demand.

History: Eastern State Hospital

OFC opened in January 1913 and was originally named East Oklahoma Hospital for the Insane. The first 300 patients were transferred to Vinita by train from the Oklahoma Sanitarium Company in Norman on January 28, 1913. An additional 300 patients were transferred in 1914. Peak population reached in the mid-1950s was 2,600 patients.

Oklahoma Forensic Center

The facility became a solely forensic facility and was renamed Oklahoma Forensic Center on April 10, 2003; OFC's new building was constructed and opened in 2008.


Vinita offers a small-town feel but is within an hour's drive to big city shopping, restaurants and amenities. OFC is within driving distance of two of Oklahoma’s most beautiful lakes, Grand Lake and Lake Hudson, and is located between Joplin, MO and Tulsa, OK.

Visiting Information

In order to assist our consumers and their support systems in connecting during difficult times, we have implemented a Tele-Visitation program.

Tele-Visitation Hours during COVID-19: 
Monday - Friday: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Weekends/Holidays: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

  • Tele-Visits must be approved by the treatment team and require an order by the attending physician. 
  • Tele-Visits are limited to 15 minutes once weekly. 
  • Persons planning tele-visits must schedule a visitation day and time through the social worker in advance. 
  • Extended tele-visits must be approved in advance by the Executive Director or Clinical Director. 
  • Visits are limited to family and attorneys only during the first thirty days following admission.
  • Special visitation is reserved for children under the age of 16 years old. Special visitation can be arranged through the social worker.
  • Consumers on conditional release or that have been discharged from OFC cannot participate in tele-visit with current consumers.
  • Previous or current OFC staff will not be approved to visit OFC consumers. 

  • Tele-visits will be held in the treatment team room or the interview room on each Pod. 
  • No more than two visitors per session unless otherwise approved by Clinical or Executive Director. 
  • Staff will connect the visit and remain outside the door for monitoring purposes. There is no expectation of privacy; all video calls will be monitored by staff closely and maintain a visual on the screen and consumer at all times. 
  • Unruly or inappropriate behaviors such as nudity and foul language will result in the immediate termination of visit and may result in restrictions of consumer visitation. 
  • Willful violation of visitation rules by the consumer or visitors will result in restriction of visitation. 
  • Only those approved for tele-visitation will be authorized on the camera. Any deviation of this will result in visit forfeiture.

Visiting parties are responsible to provide their own devices for visitation, inclusive of internet. OFC is not responsible to assist the other party with tech support or any device support.  

Forensic Fellowship

In partnership with OSU, the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program was developed for psychiatrists who have completed an accredited residency training program in psychiatry and wish to obtain specialty training in forensic psychiatry. Fellows receive a broad exposure to forensic psychiatry through clinical rotations, a rich didactic experience and supervision by senior faculty. 

OFC will be launching this Forensic Fellowship during the summer of 2022. Stay tuned for additional updates and information.


Forensic Psychology Internship

Interns are given ample opportunity for generalist types of assessment, including testing for personality, psychopathology, cognitive functioning (including neuropsychological screening), malingering, etc. Due to the diversity and quantity of assessment and treatment opportunities available at OFC, interns are able to develop and hone a broad skillset during their pre-doctoral internship year. Learn more here.

The Oklahoma Forensic Center is accredited by The Joint Commission. More info on The Joint Commission accredidation and certification process can be found here.

Contact the Oklahoma Forensic Center

Forensic Center Career Opportunities

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