Office of Forensic Evaluations (OFE)

Barbara Richard, LCSW, Director of Forensic Evaluations
phone 860-262-5830; fax 860-262-5841

OFE employs full-time licensed clinical social workers with specialized forensic training, as well as consulting forensic psychologists and psychiatrists. OFE has four offices, which are located in Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, and Norwich, with central administration in Middletown on the campus of Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH). OFE completes nearly 2000 evaluations per year. 

The following are the five types of evaluations completed by OFE pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes (CGS): 

  • Competence to Stand Trial (CST) – CGS§54-56d
  • Substance Dependency (SD) – CGS§17a-694
  • Pre-screening for a post-conviction/pre-sentencing diagnostic evaluation at Whiting Forensic Hospital – CGS§17a-566
  • Restoration to Competence to Stand Trial – CGS§54-56j
  • Reports to the Psychiatric Security Review Board – CGS§17a-586