Established by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, CCFMTC Is Embracing All SART Components with New Education and Training Opportunities

California Penal Code section 13823.5 directs Cal OES to:

  • Establish a protocol for the examination and treatment of victims of sexual assault and attempted sexual assault, including child molestation and the collection and preservation of evidence.
  • Develop informational guidelines containing general reference information on evidence examination of, and psychological and medical treatment for, victims of sexual assault and attempted sexual assault, including child sexual abuse. 
  • In cooperation with the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Justice, adopt a standard and a complete form or forms for the recording of medical and physical evidence data disclosed by a victim of sexual assault or attempted sexual assault, including child molestation.
  • Make available and distribute copies of the forms, protocols, and informational guidelines to every general acute care hospital, law enforcement agency, and prosecutor’s office in the state. 

Penal Code section 13823.93 establishes the California Clinical Forensic Medical Training Center (CCFMTC) to carry out objectives to accomplish these directives. 

To that end, we are recruiting California Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Instructors. Instructors will be compensated up to $75/hour (subject to Cal OES approval). It’s also a great opportunity to build your CV as a subject matter expert. All instructors will receive complimentary training on presenting before an audience and on camera, and all travel expenses will be reimbursed once our live training events resume. Interested instructor candidates are invited to contact Christina Pritchett at christina.pritchett@ccfmtc.org.

Our website, ccfmtc.org, is a clearing house for (1) information related to interpersonal violence and clinical forensic medicine; (2)  forensic medical examination findings that will inform curriculum development and educate professionals from related disciplines; (3) education opportunities and training of SARTs and SAFEs on forensic medical examinations; and (4) relevant resources available to all allied criminal justice professionals involved in or using forensic examinations. 

CCFMTC is not affiliated with any third-party non-governmental organizations. Links from CCFMTC to third-party non-governmental sites do not constitute an endorsement by CCFMTC of the parties and/or their activities and/or services. CCFMTC is not responsible for the accuracy or content of information contained in/on those websites. 

SAFEs Perform a Vital Role

SAFEs Perform a Vital Role 

CCFMTC recognizes that sexual assault forensic examiners (SAFE)s perform a vital role in the criminal justice system by providing compassionate, trauma-informed clinical care and ultimately justice for sexual assault survivors.

Established in the California Penal Code with the primary mission to create forensic examination evidence forms and to train SAFEs, CCFMTC uses a medical model and trauma-informed practices for all SAFE training. We continue the valued  partnership with education experts in nursing and medicine with a look to the future in conducting trainings at nursing and medical schools and using up-to-date simulation labs. 

 CCFMTC is funded by a state grant as a project of the California District Attorneys Association, which also recognizes the important role of SAFE teams and the multidisciplinary Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART)s.

Forensic Exams During COVID-19

This is a very challenging time for all Americans, especially those on the frontlines of healthcare. This includes those dedicated professionals providing forensic exams and healthcare to victims of sexual assault.  These exams are provided in a variety of settings (and now more varied since the COVID-19 crisis has grown). The basic CDC guidelines (of which we are all well aware) apply universally, but the specific applications will be different in each unique exam setting. Dr. Angie Vickers, CCFMTC’s Education Director, is working with CalSAFE to develop more comprehensive guidelines. At this time there are no California guidelines for dealing with COVID-19 in the context of providing Sexual Assault Forensic Exams (CCFMTC has reached out to the California Department of Public Health). Because there are so many local variables, it is prudent for each examiner or exam team to work closely with your medical director, local public health department, and (if applicable) your local hospital to develop community strategies to facilitate the safe provision of these essential forensic/medical services for victims.

William M. Green, MD, FACEP