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General Questions

  • What is OMHA and what do they do?
  • Where are the mental hospitals in Georgia?
  • What is the percentage of criminal defendants housed in Georgia’s Mental Hospitals?
  • Where can I learn more about mentally ill defendant’s in Georgia Criminal Justice System?

Questions about Incompetence to Stand Trial?

  • What is the standard for Incompetence to Stand Trial?
  • What is a Special Plea of Incompetence?
  • What is needed in court for a determination of Incompetence to Stand Trial?
  • When should an Attorney assert a claim of Incompetence to Stand Trial?
  • What should an attorney do if they are concerned with the competency/behavior of a client during trial.
  • What if a client is found Incompetent at the time of trial or after entering a plea of guilty?
  • Who has the legal duty to raise the claim of Incompetence?
  • What is a Special Jury?
  • What is the next step after client is found incompetent?

Questions about NGRI?

  • What is the standard for Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity?
  • Is an evaluation required for a determination of Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity?
  • Is an expert witness required for a Verdict of Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity?
  • When should an attorney assert a claim of NGRI?
  • What should an attoenry do if they are concerned with the sanity of their client?

Questions about evaluations?

  • How does an attorney get an evaluation over the objections of the client?
  • Where should an attorney start when needing an evaluation of a client’s mental state?
  • Who pays for evaluations?

Questions for Attorneys?

  • How do I get sample motions and forms?

Placement Questions?

  • What are the residential options for a criminal defendants who have been accused but cannot go to jail because of mental health issues?
  • What are placement options for criminal defendants with mental health issues and charged with sexual crimes?
  • What placement is available is available for a mentally retarded client after release?
  • What are Forensic Group Homes?


Please Note: This is not a definitive list of medications to treat mental illness however; it should assist you in your understanding of the medications and what they treat. All medications are restricted to the classifications indicated.

Some medications have multiple uses and can be used across classifications. Individuals should consult their treatment providers or pharmacist about medication regimens both prescribed and over the counter.

This list was created with the help of the following web sites. For additional information about medications, please visit:



Contact Human Resources

Human Resources Manager
Georgia Public Defender Council
104 Marietta Street, Suite 400
Atlanta, GA 30303
Tel: 404-795-2440
Toll free: 800-676-4432