Providing zealous, effective, ethical representation

to indigent people accused of crimes.





The Office of the Mental Health Advocate (OMHA) was created by statute in 1996 to provide services to attorneys representing criminal defendants with mental health challenges. OMHA monitors cases in Georgia involving pleas of Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI) and directly represents insanity acquittees. We provide services state-wide as a way of assisting attorneys, hospitals, and the courts in criminal cases involving mentally ill defendants.


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The material presented on this site is included with the understanding and agreement that OMHA is not engaged in rendering legal or other professional services by posting said material. The services of a competent professional should be sought if legal or other specific expert assistance is required. Any unauthorized use of material contained herein is at the user’s own risk. Transmission of the information and material herein is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, an agreement to create an attorney-client relationship with OMHA or any member thereof.

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