The Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP) provides inpatient treatment to individuals civilly committed as sexually dangerous persons and sexually psychopathic personalities. The Hospital Review Board (the HRB) is established by and operates under Minnesota Statutes §253B.22 and 253D.04. This HRB hears MSOP clients' concerns regarding the conditions of their care and provides verbal and/or written recommendations to MSOP administrators.
The HRB meets and acts in three-member panels comprised of an attorney, a psychologist, and a member of the public. HRB will be asked to attend meetings utilizing interactive television (ITV) or an in-person appearance at the MSOP location closest to them (St. Peter, St. Paul, or Moose Lake).
During the HRB's meetings, each client receives approximately 15 minutes to present his/her issues to the HRB. Following the hearing, the HRB may make a written recommendation to MSOP which may require a response from the MSOP administration. HRB hearings may occur up to twice per month--monthly at MSOP-Moose Lake and quarterly at MSOP-St. Peter--for up to 3 hours per meeting.
Candidates for appointment to the HRB must be an attorney, a psychologist, or a member of the public. All candidates must meet the qualifications listed. Individuals employed with the Department of Human Services are ineligible for appointment to the HRB.