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The Psychiatric Security Review Board was originally established in 1977 to supervise those individuals who successfully asserted the insanity defense to a criminal charge. Recognizing that individuals diagnosed with a persistent mental illness have different rehabilitative needs than convicted defendants, this State has invested in a robust mental health system specifically designed for this population. With public safety as its primary focus, the Board has an exceptional record of reintegrating clients into the community with a 6 year average 0.46% adult recidivism rate. In recent years, the Board's responsibilities have expanded to supervise youth and certain civil commitments who are placed under its supervision.
 
New Executive Director
 
To our stakeholders:
 
The Psychiatric Security Review Board is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Alison Bort as its new Executive Director effective June 18, 2018. 
 
Dr. Bort holds a joint-J.D.-Ph.D. with a certification in forensic clinical psychology and public interest law.  She has spent the past fifteen years serving justice-involved individuals and their families in a variety of settings including specialized problem-solving courts, juvenile courts, dependency courts, and community and residential mental health programs.  She previously served 4 years at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, as the Program Manager for Oregon’s largest community treatment program for individuals under the PSRB’s jurisdiction.  She spent the past year supervising the clinical services for Clackamas County’s Mental Health and Adult Drug Courts.  In keeping with the Boards mission, Dr. Bort values the principles of therapeutic jurisprudence, which promote using the legal system to ensure public safety while also supporting opportunities for long-lasting recovery.  
 
Please welcome her.
 
-Elena Balduzzi, Psy.D., Chairperson
 
FAQs:
 
Are people who have been found GEI ever sentenced to the Oregon State Hospital?
 
No. There is no minimum time a person must stay at the hospital nor do all GEI defendants have to go to the hospital.
 
How is the length of time at the Oregon State Hospital establisahed?
 
The period of time individual PSRB clients stay at OSH is based on a clinical assessment of the individual’s mental status and progress in treatment at the hospital and a risk assessment as to their dangerousness as well as the availability of the appropriate resources in the community.  If it is determined that a person can be safely managed and treated in a community setting, the PSRB attempts to find an appropriate placement.
 
Is the state trying to move PSRB clients out of the state hospital and into the community and what kind of impact will that have on public safety?
 
Because of additional funding from the Oregon Legislature since 2005, an increased number of PSRB clients have been moved into a variety of new community placements, including Secure Residential Treatment Facilities (SRTFs).  Since more of these facilities have opened, there has not been any increase in the recidivism rate.
 
Is it safe to move people who have committed violent crimes into the community? 
 
State law prohibits the Board from putting anyone on Conditional Release who is determined to be presently dangerous to others. Additionally, before individuals are released, they go through a comprehensive screening process that includes four levels of review. 
 
Conditional Release is not a new policy.  Most states in the US have some type of conditional release program.  The PSRB has supervised clients in the community on conditional release since its inception in 1978.  Over the past 15 years, 1643 conditional releases have been granted to individuals who have transitioned into community placements throughout the state of Oregon.  Some of these clients remain under supervision for decades or even life.
 
Who is notified when someone is being considered for conditional release?
 
By law, the district attorney from the committing county is notified, as well as the victim(s), if they requested such notification. The Attorney General’s office, the client’s attorney and the client’s case manager are also notified. Once a person leaves the state hospital on a conditional release, the PSRB also notifies law enforcement. With some exceptions, Fair Housing and Disability Laws prevent the Board from sharing information about patients with neighbors or members of the public.
 
What is an early discharge?
 
Discharge means a person is not on any PSRB supervision. ORS 161.346(a) and ORS 161.351(1) requires that the PSRB discharge a person from its jurisdiction if it finds that, by a preponderance of the evidence, at a full and fair hearing, a patient no longer has a mental illness  - even if the person is at high risk to reoffend. Additionally, the Oregon State Hospital is mandated by ORS 161.341(a) to request an early discharge hearing if the hospital does not believe a patient has a mental illness. Note that pursuant to ORS 161.295(2) and Oregon appellate court case law, personality disorder, sexual conduct disorders and voluntary substance-related intoxication are not mental illnesses.
 
Victims and the District Attorney of the GEI county are notified of all PSRB hearings. The District Attorney or the Assistant Attorney General representing the State has the right to request its own independent psychiatric examination and to present the results to the Board if they so choose. See ORS 161.341(2).
 
The current statutory structure does not allow PSRB to keep jurisdiction of persons without a mental illness - even if they are at risk to reoffend. We also cannot transfer jurisdiction to Department of Corrections (DOC) or Community Corrections because there is no current statutory authority to do so.
 
Since 2011, the Legislature has made improvements to the judicial system by creating a certified evaluator requirement for all GEI cases. This requirement was implemented to improve the quality of forensic evaluations and minimize the risk that a defendant is inappropriately found guilty except for insanity and placed under the PSRB. Additionally, hospital staff and PSRB regularly travel to every county and region in Oregon educating attorneys, judges and law enforcement about the GEI laws.
 
For more information contact the PSRB (503) 229-5596.
 
Resources:   
 
For a complete list of resources, please visit our new resources page here.
 
PSRB Factsheet:
 
Click here for a .pdf of our agency's fact sheet.
 
 Upcoming Conferences and Trainings:
 

Conferences

 There are no upcoming conferences at this time.  

PSRB Trainings

Does your agency want training on the PSRB or mental health law? We have staff available to educate organizations and the public on this unique program. Contact psrb@oregon.gov

PSRB now offers a 45-minute Training Video for new case managers and staff who work with GEI patients both at OSH and in the community. We will be offering monthly Information Sessions for those who wish to ask further questions. Participants may attend the PSRB 101 Information Sessions in-person at the PSRB Office in Portland* or via Video Teleconference.  Information Sessions will be offered on: 

Monday, August 13th -- 10:00 AM

If you would like to receive a link to the Training Video and/or attend an information session, please email ashley.wilsey@oregon.gov . If you wish to attend an information session, please specify if you will be attending in-person or via teleconference.
 
*We offer parking validation only to those who park at the Star Park Alder Street Garage (just across the street from our office). Unfortunately, we are unable to offer parking validation for any other locations.

 Upcoming Meetings:

 
Administrative Meetings:
 
     DATES/TIMES 
 
September 26, 2018 -- 9:30 A.M. (Adult Panel) 
 
December 12, 2018 -- 9:30 A.M. (Adult Panel) 
     LOCATION

Psychiatric Security Review Board 
Conference Room
610 SW Alder, Suite 420
503-229-5596
Call to be admitted if building doors are secured.
 
 Upcoming Hearings:
 
August 8, 2018 (Adult) at OSH
August 15, 2018 (Adult) at PSRB Office in Portland
August 27, 2018 (Juvenile) at PSRB Office in Portland
August 29, 2018 (Adult) at OSH
September 5, 2018 (Adult) at OSH
September 12, 2018 (Adult) at OSH
September 19, 2018 (Adult) at PSRB Office in Portland
September 24, 2018 (Juvenile) at PSRB Office in Portland
 
Crisis Lines:
 
Are you in Crisis? Help is available. Call:
 
 
National Suicide Prevention LifeLine 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).