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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.
 
COVID-19 Psychiatric Security Review Board Information 3/26/2020  

 
For the latest information on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Oregon, visit the Oregon Health Authority

In an effort to help slow and contain the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon and protect employees and the public, the PSRB has closed its Portland offices to the general public and will be following the social distancing measures outlined in Governor Brown’s Executive Order No.​ 20-12​.

The PSRB plans to remain fully operational at this time and continues to be open Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm; however, the following adjustments have been made until further notice:

All hearings will be conducted using phone or video conference technology, and all participants will appear remotely including Board members, attorneys, witnesses, clients, victims, and other members of the public. Our staff will continue to support hearing participants with this endeavor.

PSRB staff will be teleworking to the fullest extent possible, which could slow response times to inquiries.

A reminder to please submit any documents to our staff no less than 10 days prior to a hearing to ensure that is made an exhibit and available at the hearing.

The PSRB will continue to send detailed updates to those organizations/agencies who provide legal services, case monitoring, supervision and treatment to individuals under the Board’s jurisdiction as well as to DOJ’s victim advocates.

For all other inquiries, please email psrb@oregon.gov or call our office at 503-229-5596.

 
​FAQ

 
 
 
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.
 
Crisis Lines:
 
Are you in Crisis? Help is available. Call:
 
 
National Suicide Prevention LifeLine 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).
 
 
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Resources:   
 
For a complete list of resources, please visit our new resources page here.
 

**NEW!** To view our agency's Strategic Plan, please click here.

 
To view our 2019 PSRB Handbook, please click 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. Check back for updates.

 

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: 

Thursday, March 26, 2020-- 10:00 AM

Friday, April 10, 2020 -- 10:00 AM

Friday, May 22, 2020 -- 10:00 AM

Friday, June 19, 2020 -- 10:00 AM

Friday, July 24, 2020 --  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:

 
The purpose of our Board Administrative Meetings is to discuss possible administrative rule changes, adopt administrative rules, discuss and adopt Board policies and procedures, and discuss other administrative matters. The Board invites members of the public to attend Board Business meetings.

 
For more information about specific business meetings, meeting minutes, agendas, or attending, please call (503) 229-5596.
Adult Panel:  

Friday, March 13, 2020 -- 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (Emergency COVID-19 planning meeting)

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 -- 8:30am - 10:00am (hearings to follow)

 

     LOCATION (Unless otherwise specified)

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:
 
 
 
April 1, 2020 (Adult) at PSRB Office in Portland
April 8, 2020 (Adult) at PSRB Office in Portland
April 15, 2020 (Adult) at PSRB Office in Portland
April 22, 2020 (Adult) at PSRB Office in Portland
April 27, 2020 (Juvenile) at PSRB Office in Portland
April 29, 2020 (Adult) at PSRB Office in Portland