Public Safety Review Panel

The Washington State legislature established the Public Safety Review Panel (PSRP) in 2010, Chapter 263, Laws of 2010, to independently assess and provide advice to the Secretary of the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) and to the courts, regarding potential risk to public safety related to the proposed Conditional Release or Final Discharge of patients found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI) committed to Western State Hospital (WSH) or Eastern State Hospital (ESH).

In 2013, the legislature expanded the jurisdiction of the PSRP, Chapter 289, Laws of 2013, to include patients civilly committed to WSH or ESH after the court found the criminal defendant not competent to stand trial for a violent offense (RCW 9.94A.030 (54)).

 

Contact for Information or Questions about the PSRP

If you are seeking information or have questions about the PSRP, please contact the Executive Director of the Public Safety Review Panel, Lori Melchiori by Phone: 360-902-7985 or Email: Lori.Melchiori@dshs.wa.gov

Or send mail to the following address:

Lori Melchiori, PhD
Executive Director, Public Safety Review Panel
Department of Social and Health Services
PO Box 45105
Olympia, WA 98504-5105

 

Contact for Victim/Witness Notification at DSHS

If you are concerned about an adult NGRI patient’s release or discharge from one of the Washington State psychiatric hospitals, please contact the Victim/Witness Notification Program through the Department of Social and Health Services or call toll free at: 1-800-422-1536 or 360-902-7832 or email to vwn@dshs.wa.gov. You can also write them at the following address:

Department of Social and Health Services
Victim/Witness Notification Program
PO Box 45130
Olympia, WA 98504-5130

 

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