Psychiatric Security Review Board

Present Duties

Selling Building
The Selling Building in downtown Portland. It holds the office of the Psychiatric Security Review Board. (Oregon State Archives Photo)
The Psychiatric Security Review Board was originally established in 1977 to supervise individuals who successfully asserted the insanity defense (Guilty Except for Insanity or GEI) to a criminal charge. In recent years, the board’s responsibilities have expanded to supervise youth and certain civil commitments. Additionally, it has been designated by the Legislature as the “relief” authority for two different populations: GEI sex offenders who request relief from sex offender registration and those who are barred from possessing a firearm due to a mental health determination (primarily civil commitment) who request restoration of firearm rights.

The board is comprised of adult and juvenile panels. Each consists of five members, appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate for four-year terms. 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 has a child psychiatrist, child psychologist, parole and probation officer experienced in juvenile criminal justice, an attorney experienced in juvenile criminal trial practice and a member of the general public.

The agency employs 11 staff.

Agency Website

Contact Information

Mailing Address: 610 SW Alder St., Suite 420, Portland 97204
Telephone: 503-229-5596
Fax: 503-224-0215
General Email: psrb@psrb.org
Contact: Alison Bort, J.D., Ph.D, Executive Director
Records Officer Email: Juliet Britton
Location Map: by Google Maps

Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS 161.327, 426.701, 426.702, Chapter 419C

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