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Secretary Sharfstein Names New Interim Director of Forensic Services

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BALTIMORE (February 27, 2012) – Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) Secretary Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein announced that he has named Dr. Gayle Jordan-Randolph to serve as Interim Director of Forensic Services for the Department’s Division of Behavioral Health.

Dr. Jordan-Randolph will continue to serve as Clinical Director for the Mental Hygiene Administration, a position she has held since 2004. In her new capacity, Dr. Jordan-Randolph will provide direct oversight of the forensic units of the Mental Hygiene Administration, the Developmental Disabilities Administration and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration. This includes oversight of pretrial evaluation services, treatment of court ordered patients/residents in DHMH facilities, oversight of the Community Forensic Aftercare Program, and coordination of forensic education and training. Dr. Jordan-Randolph will oversee a reorganization of the Department’s forensic services. Following the reorganization, it is anticipated that the Department will conduct a search for a new Director of Forensics.

“Dr. Jordan-Randolph’s clinical expertise in adult, child and adolescent psychiatry and forensic psychiatry has been a critical asset to the Department, and will enable her to smoothly transition to her new role,” Dr. Sharfstein said. “This will allow us to move forward with reorganizing the Department’s forensic services to better address the clinical needs of individuals in the court system.”

Dr. Jordan-Randolph’s clinical experience includes tenures as a psychiatric consultant for school-based mental health services at the Worcester County Health Department, Medical Director for the Somerset County Health Department’s Division of Behavioral Health, and Clinical Director for the Adolescent Unit at Crownsville Hospital Center.

“I have accepted the challenge of reshaping the behavioral division of forensic services with excitement, and look forward to working closely with staff across the Department as we move forward,” Dr. Jordan-Randolph said.

Dr. Jordan-Randolph holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from Howard University College of Medicine, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Virginia and a Master of Education degree in Psychology from the University of Virginia.