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Certification Types and Requirements

Full Certification

  • Applicants must be psychiatrists or licensed psychologists, and must be currently licensed to practice in Oregon. Applicants must participate in and successfully complete the Oregon Forensic Evaluator Training and submit for review three redacted forensic evaluations completed within the previous 24 months. If the applicant desires to perform criminal responsibility evaluations, at least one redacted sample shall be an evaluation of criminal responsibility.

  • Applicants who do not yet have redacted forensic evaluations for review may perform evaluations of those charged with crimes other than aggravated murder, murder or ballot measure 11 offenses for the purpose of generating reports to the Authority for review. The applicant must notify the Authority at the time of application that they will be doing evaluations for this purpose and a Temporary Certification will be issued. 

     
  • Redacted work samples will be reviewed by the Forensic Evaluation Review Panel. This multidisciplinary panel includes psychiatrists, licensed psychologists, defense attorneys and prosecuting attorneys. The panel review compares evaluations with the standards for required elements for forensic evaluations as listed in the Oregon Administrative Rules. The review panel also investigates complaints received by the Authority related to the content of written evaluations.

  • Psychiatrists and Licensed Psychologists who desire to perform competency and criminal responsibility evaluations for juveniles shall participate in the specialized segment of the Oregon Forensic Evaluator Training and at least one of the three required redacted forensic evaluations shall be for juvenile competency or criminal responsibility.

  • Full Certification has a maximum duration of 24 months from certification date.

 

Temporary Certification

Psychiatrists and licensed psychologists who submit an application for Forensic Evaluator Certification will be granted a Temporary Certification until participation in and successful completion of the Oregon Forensic Evaluator Training and submission of three redacted forensic evaluations. If the applicant desires to perform criminal responsibility evaluations, at least one redacted sample shall be an evaluation of criminal responsibility. Applicants must attend the next regularly scheduled training date. An extension of an additional six months may be granted by the Authority on a case by case basis.

  • For Certification purposes, psychiatrists enrolled in an ACGME-accredited residency training program may participate in evaluations where certification is required only under the direct supervision and review of a psychiatrist or psychologist that has been granted full forensic certification. Temporary certification has a maximum duration of 6 months. An extension of an additional six months may be granted by the Authority on a case by case basis.

 

Conditional Certification

  • A psychiatrist or licensed psychologist, who has not been certified by OHA, may be granted conditional certification by the court, if exigent circumstances exist such as an out of state expert evaluation being sought, or an unusual expertise is required. The court will notify the Authority of the granting of a conditional certification. Conditional Certification ends at the disposition of the particular case for which the conditional certification was granted.

 

Notice of Conditional Forensic Evaluator Certification