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. Recognizing the rehabilitative needs of individuals diagnosed with a persistent mental illness, Oregon has invested in a mental health system designed for this population. With public safety as its focus, the board has successfully reintegrated clients into the community with a five-year average 0.51% adult recidivism rate. 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 an adult panel and a juvenile panel. Each consists of five members, 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 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 and has a biennial budget of approximately $2.5 million.
Mailing Address: 610 SW Alder St., Suite 420, Portland 97204
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Sid Moore
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