The Psychiatric Security Review Board (Board) is an administrative agency charged with the oversight of individuals found not guilty of a crime by reason of mental disease or defect.
Treatment programs and services are provided through the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services or the Department of Developmental Services, as ordered by the Board.
Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Following an acquittee’s commitment to the Board, the vast majority of acquittees are placed with the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) for care, custody and treatment. Acquittees may be confined in an inpatient hospital setting or allowed to reside in the community. DMHAS provides psychiatric services, which may include case management services, housing support options or other supportive and psychiatric treatments, depending upon the needs of the individual. The DMHAS’ Conditional Release Service Unit serves as the liaison between the Board and the DMHAS service delivery system. Go to DMHAS website.
Department of Developmental Services
The Board may place acquittees with the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) for treatment and confinement. In addition to confining acquittees within DDS facilities, DDS may also assist in providing treatment recommendations and behavioral interventions to the Board or DMHAS, when an acquittee has been diagnosed with developmental disabilities. Go to DDS website.
Department of Public Safety - Sex Offender Registry
The Board works closely with the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to ensure that acquittees comply with the requirements of the state’s Sex Offender Registry. If an acquittee, who is a registered sex offender, is released to the community, the Board monitors the acquittees community placement to ensure timely and appropriate compliance with registry stipulations. The Board also assists in registering applicable acquittees, when necessary. Go to DPS website.
Judicial Branch - Adult Probation Services
The Board may order monitoring and supervision by Connecticut’s Court Support Services Division, Office of Adult Supervision (OAP) to assist in the management and supervision of an acquittee when their individual risk factors warrant additional oversight. Probation Officers collaborate with treatment providers to ensure timely communication and coordination of services. Go to Judicial Branch, OAP website.
Judicial Branch - Office of Victim Services
The Board collaborates with Connecticut’s Judicial Branch, Office of Victim Services, to ensure appropriate training to Judicial Branch staff who may have contact with the victims of criminal behaviors committed by acquittees. Go to Judical Branch, Office of Victim Services website.