32nd annual NTSH Forensic Conference underway

The 32nd annual Forensic Conference, hosted by North Texas State Hospital, kicked off Tuesday at the Wilbarger Auditorium under unusual conditions.

“It is a very unusual time, and unusual circumstances but we are proud to again have this first-rate Forensic Conference in Vernon,” NTSH Superintendent Jim Smith said.

Superintendent Smith said that due to coronavirus precautions, in-person attendance at the 1,900-seat auditorium was being limited to NTSH staff – and only 99 could attend in-person. In addition, a strict mask policy was being enforced.

Virtual attendance sites have been set up at the Vernon and Wichita Falls NTSH campuses for those employees unable to attend in person. The conference is also being streamed to other Texas state hospitals and to the central office in Austin. Attendees are able to obtain required continuing education credits.

In addition, the program presenters on Tuesday attended and gave their presentations digitally, while the presenters on Wednesday will be in-person.

The forensic conference is supported in part by a grant from the Vernon Tourism Board.

North Texas State Hospital senior leadership (from right) Superintendent Jim Smith, Director of Psychiatric Programs Keli Boyd, and Assistant Superintendent Rick Hoban welcome attendees to the 32nd annual NTSH forensic conference, held at the Wilbarger Auditorium this week.
Daniel Walker/Vernon Record

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