John W, Finn, MS. BCFE
John Finn received a Bachelor of Science Degree in special education and a Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Syracuse University. He has worked in several capacities in various human services settings including direct care, community residence manager, and program coordinator. For 32 years he served as the Director of Forensic Services for the New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. In this capacity he oversaw the design, developmental, and operation of specialized secure, intensive treatment programs. For several years he was the Director of a free standing, secure, intensive residential treatment facility, certified as an ICF/MR. Mr. Finn retired from state service in 2010 and now serves as President of Forensic Specialists, offering full service consultations, expert evaluations and specialized training.
Mr. Finn is a Board Certified Forensic Examiner and Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners and a clinical member of the Association of Treatment of Sexual Abusers. He has provided expert testimony, consultation and training to all 50 states and the President's Committee on Mental Retardation on topics including the assessment and treatment of people with developmental disabilities who have histories of high risk behaviors such as sexual offending, fire setting and severe aggression. He has assisted several states in designing systems for the individualized intensive care, treatment and support of individual with developmental disabilities who have significant involvements in the criminal justice system.
Mr. Finn is an expert in the design, funding and certification of specialized program to serve individuals with forensic involvements. He has provided expert testimony to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in Washington DC regarding ICF and Waiver funding for such programs. He has worked with state and national organizations as well as private facility and community based providers to promote the viability of the various program models for the forensic population of individuals with developmental disabilities. Most recently Mr. Finn has pioneered the development and application of Person Centered Dynamic Risk Manageability, a comprehensive approach to the management of high risk individuals in community settings.