Community Forensic Services adopts a community-based case management approach in supporting offenders, victims and/or witnesses with ID through the stages of arrest, investigation, prosecution, trial, sentencing and post-sentencing. This service is pertinent in the rehabilitation of offenders with ID and addressing their offending behaviour, as well as in the assistance of victims and witnesses with ID affected by crime. The intensive case management framework for CFS comprises of three-pronged interventions of working with the client, working with the family and providing linkages to community resources.
CFS will establish new capability in the area of forensic services for MINDS, which currently no other ID SSAs have ventured into. CFS will serve to plug the service gap in the social service and criminal justice systems by serving the needs of offenders, victims and witnesses with ID. Through this pilot service, MINDS can have the advantage of positioning ourselves as an industry leader in this area of forensic work with PWIDs.
The CFS Services will work in tandem with the Appropriate Adult Scheme for Persons with Mental Disabilities (AAPMD) Scheme which provides support to various law enforcement stakeholders during the investigating interviews involving defendants, victims, or witnesses suspected of having Intellectual Disability (ID), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and/or Mental Health issues through trained volunteers.