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Programs & Services

Forensic Psychiatry

Inpatient comprehensive, multidisciplinary court ordered assessments for the justice system, inpatient and outpatient recovery and rehabilitation services for those patients designated under the Criminal Code Review Board.

The Southern Alberta Forensic Psychiatry Centre (SAFPC) provides the following service:

  • court ordered psychiatric assessments
  • assessments range from Pre-trial, Pre-sentence, Long term offender (LTO), Dangerous offender (DO), and Not Criminally Responsible (NCR)
  • treatment and rehabilitation to individuals who have been found NCR due to mental disorder and under the legislation of the Criminal Code Review Board+
  • temporary treatment and stabilization for individuals who have decompensated while in custody
  • emergency admissions: patient who are certified, in hospital, and who are charged with a detainable offense

Contact Details

Southern Alberta Forensic Psychiatry Centre

11333 85 Street NW
Calgary, Alberta
T3R 1J3
Hours of Operation
Days of the Week

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Service Providers May Include
addictions counselors, assistant head nurse, chaplain, mental health aides, nurse educator, occupational therapists, pharmacists, pharmacy technician, protective services, psychiatrists, psychologists, psychometrists, recreation therapists, registered nurses (RNs), registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs), social workers

Services targeted to:

  • patients can be admitted from general psychiatric units when charged with a detainable offence and certified under the Mental Health Act
  • deputy Directors from correctional institutions can request a patient to be transferred to SAFPC for stabilization if needed
  • patients who are deemed not criminally responsible due to mental disorder or who are found unfil to stand trial
  • court ordered psychiatric assessment.
Service Access

Healthcare providers should consult the Alberta Referral Directory for service referral information.

Referrals are received through the justice system, solicitor general and the Criminal Code Alberta Review Board. All referrals are triaged on a weekly basis or as required.

Wait Times

Wait times are dependent on the acuity of the units, number of court-ordered assessments being referred, emergency admissions, triage wait-list and Not Crimianlly Responsible due to Mental Disorder occupancy rates.

Service Languages
Interpreter/Translation services


Alberta Justice, Solicitor General, Criminal Code Review Board, Rural and urban psychiatric and emergency services, Mental Health Review Board and Alberta Hospital Edmonton.

Also Known As
Southern Alberta Forensic Psychiatry Service