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Psychiatric Security Review Board and Cases in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe & the Entire East Valley

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Psychiatric Security Review Board (PSRB)

When individuals are found Guilty but Insane [GBI] they are placed under the jurisdiction of the Arizona Psychiatric Security Review Board (PSRB) while they receive treatment at the Arizona State Hospital. The PSRB has the authority to grant both conditional and unconditional releases to individuals under the supervision of the PSRB. Additionally, under some circumstances, the PSRB also has the authority to order the person returned to prison following restoration of their mental health if the board determines that they no longer need treatment, but still constitute a danger to others. Individuals under the supervision of the PSRB do possess certain statutory rights to hearings which may include independent evaluations by outside doctors to prepare for those hearings. Mr. Buckallew has experience representing individuals before the Arizona Psychiatric Security Review Board - if you (or a loved one) has a hearing before the PSRB, it is imperative that you have the assistance of a competent attorney to guide you through the proceedings and to protect your rights. If you or a loved one faces a review by the Psychiatric Security Review Board or you would like to know more about the PSRB, contact a Mesa criminal defense attorney today.

Mr. Buckallew is uniquely experienced in representing individuals who are faced with mental health issues in both civil and criminal court, as well as before the Psychiatric Review Board (PSRB). With over a decade of experience defending clients who suffer from mental illness against both criminal allegations and against civil commitment proceedings, Attorney Buckallew understands the importance of assessing the mental state of his clients during both the time of the alleged offense and during the court proceedings themselves. While at the Maricopa County Public Defenders Office, Mr. Buckallew practiced as a Senior Attorney for three years representing individuals in Civil Commitment hearings and has a proven track record of achieving favorable results in both civil and criminal proceedings. Additionally, Mr. Buckallew is a member of the legal division of the American Psychological Association.

Contact a Mesa criminal defense attorney to learn more about representation before the Psychiatric Security Review Board (PSRB), as well as to discuss the impact of mental health in both civil and criminal case.

Psychiatric Security Review Board and Cases in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe & the Entire East Valley

If an individual found “Guilty But Insane”, he or she will most likely serve a period of commitment at the Arizona State Hospital or secure state mental facility in lieu of the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADOC). While committed, the individual will be under the jurisdiction of the Psychiatric Security Review Board. If the crime in question did not place anyone else in danger, a hearing will be set within 75 days of entering the hospital or mental health facility. During this hearing, the PSRB will determine if the individual should be released or in the alternative, civilly committed. For serious crimes, such as murder and assault resulting in serious injury, the defendant will usually serve the term of the crime in the hospital under the full jurisdiction of the PSRB.

During their time in the hospital, mentally ill patients will be assessed by the PSRB periodically. If the patient exhibits that he or she is no longer mentally ill, nor dangerous, the PSRB will release that individual. The PSRB will also conditionally release a patient if that individual falls under the category of being mentally ill but no longer dangerous. In some instances, the PSRB will determine that a patient is no longer mentally ill but still dangerous, in which case the individual will remain in the hospital despite no longer being mentally ill. Attorney Buckallew has a firm understanding of the review standards and practices of the PSRB. He will assist you and your loved one through this process.

Contact a Mesa criminal defense attorney if you would like to know more about the Psychiatric Security Review Board. Schedule a free case evaluation today!