PSRB executive director Buckley placed on administrative leave

By Hannah Hoffman, Statesman Journal, May 13, 2013

PSRB logoMary Claire Buckley, the executive director of the state Psychiatric Security Review Board, has been placed on paid administrative leave, according to the Department of Administrative Services.

Spokeswoman Amy Velez said the reason could not be disclosed because it is a personnel matter.

Juliet Follansbee, the program manager for PSRB, is filling in for Buckley during her absence.

The PSRB consists of a small staff and ten board members appointed by the governor. It has jurisdiction over people in Oregon found “guilty except for insanity” of a crime. Since 2005, it has also had jurisdiction over youth found “responsible except for insanity.”

The board has the authority to commit a person to the Oregon State Hospital, conditionally release or discharge a person from the hospital, or revoke that release.

Buckley has been the executive director of the PSRB for more than 20 years. In 2011, a state investigation found that she had verbally abused an Oregon State Hospital patient. The report called her behavior “coercing” and “disrespectful” and said she exercised “poor judgment.”

Marion County Circuit Court records show there are no cases open against Buckley or the PSRB, and the three civil cases that have ever been filed against Buckley by people under PSRB jurisdiction have all be dismissed. The most recent was filed in July 2008.