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Agency Snapshot

For an overview of what we do, please view our agency snapshot here (.pdf)

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


The Psychiatric Security Review Board's mission is to protect the public by working with partnering agencies to ensure persons under its jurisdiction receive the necessary services and support to reduce the risk of future dangerous behavior using recognized principles of risk assessment, victims' interest and person centered care.


On January 1, 1978 the Board assumed jurisdiction over all persons found guilty except for insanity (GEI) who posed a substantial danger to others.
In 2007, the Legislature expanded the Board and its responsibilities to include a juvenile panel to oversee youth who were found responsible except for insanity (REI) of a crime.
The 2009 Legislature again expanded the Board’s duties by giving it the added responsibility of conducting hearings for individuals previously barred from purchasing or possessing a firearm due to a mental health determination who petition to have that right restored.
The 2013 Legislative session expanded the Board's role in granting relief by designating it as the authority to hold hearings for those persons who have successfully asserted the guilty except for insanity defense and wish relief from reporting as a sex offender or reclassification of their risk designation.  Additionally, the Legislature provided Oregon courts the option of placing certain civilly committed individuals under the Board's jurisdiction for placement and supervision purposes.


The Board is now comprised of two separate panels, an Adult Panel and a Juvenile Panel. By statute, each panel consists of five-members, each appointed by the Governor for four-year terms and confirmed by the Senate.
The Adult Panel is comprised of a psychiatrist and a psychologist experienced in the criminal justice system, an experienced parole and probation officer, an attorney experienced in criminal trial practice, and a member of the general public.The Juvenile Panel is similarly comprised but with a child psychiatrist, child psychologist, parole and probation officer experienced in the juvenile criminal justice system, an attorney experienced in juvenile criminal trial practice and a member of the general public.
In addition, the agency currently employs 11 staff and has a biennial budget of approximately $2.4 million.

Current Adult Panel

Psychiatrist: Scott Reichlin, M.D. originally appointed 6/8/2015, current term expires 6/30/2021

Psychologist: Pamela Buchanan, Psy.D. originally appointed 7/1/2019, current term expires 6/30/2023

Attorney: Anne Nichol, J.D. originally appointed 7/1/2017, current term expires 6/30/2021

Parole and Probation: Trisha Elmer P.P.O. originally appointed 9/22/2016, current term expires 6/30/20

Public Member: John Swetnam, originally appointed 3/10/15, current term expires 6/30/2021

Current Juvenile Panel

Psychiatrist: Bennett Garner, M.D. originally appointed 3/15/2017, current term expires 6/30/2020

Psychologist: Catherine Miller, Ph.D. originally appointed 1/1/2015, current term expires 6/30/2022

Attorney: Charles Kochlachs, J.D. originally appointed 2/17/2016, current term expires 6/30/2020

Parole and Probation: Kathryn Kuenzi, J.C.C. originally appointed 1/1/2015, current term expires  6/30/2022

Public Member: Shelly Casteel originally appointed 3/1/2014, current term expires 6/30/2021

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