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Dr. Fred C. Osher

Dr. Fred C. Osher

Council of State Governments Justice Center
Director, Health Services and Systems Policy
Johns Island, SC, USA


Fred Osher, M.D., oversees the health components of the CSG Justice Center's initiatives. He also provides technical assistance to state and local governments across the country seeking to improve their response to people who have mental health and/or substance use disorders and are involved in the criminal justice system. Before joining the CSG Justice Center, Fred served as the Director of the Center for Behavioral Health, Justice, and Public Policy and as an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He has published extensively in the areas of homelessness, community psychiatry, co-occurring mental and addictive disorders, and effective approaches to persons with behavioral disorders within criminal justice settings. He received his B.A. from Harvard University and his M.D. from Wayne State University.
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