Providing zealous, effective, ethical representation

to indigent people accused of crimes.





Floyd Image 1Rome Circuit Mental Health Court

Judge: Jack Niedrack

Coordinator: Karen Tovey

Telephone: (706) 295-6323 ext. 140

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 The Rome Circuit Mental Health Court is one of the newest programs in the state of Georgia, taking its first participants in January 2016. The participants pay a $250 fee at the start of the program and another $250 at the halfway point. The program lasts 18 to 24 months. Once in the program (post adjudication), the participants take part in numerous stabilization, rehabilitation, and continuing care programs. They Are also randomly tested for drugs twice a week. Officers make regular house calls amd meetings are scheduled on a weekly basis to review the progress of the offender.

The program is open to high risk/high need felony offenders who are in the judicial system due to being charged with offenses that are most likely a result of their mental illness.

The potential participant must not be charged with or have been previously convicted of murder, armed robbery, rape, aggravated sodomy, aggravated sexual battery, aggravated child molestation, child molestation. drug trafficking, or any current fiream charges.


  • Improve public safety
  • Reduce repeated interaction with the criminal justice system for mentally ill persons
  • Reduce criminal justice costs to the community by decreasing the number of jail bed days of the mentally ill offender population
  • Reduce length of time in jail or prison for offenders with mental illness
  • Reduce recidivism and costs associated with repeated incarceration
  • Improve the courts' ability to identify, assess, and monitor offenders with mental illness
  • Connect or re-connect mentally ill persons with needed mental health services
  • Improve likelihood of ongoing success with treatment, access to housing or shelter, and linkages with other critical support for mentally ill persons
  • Improve coordination between the mental health and criminal justice systems
  • De-criminalize the severely mentally ill

The court's main focus is to enhance the effectiveness, including the cost-effectiveness, of the criminal justice system by providing intensive case management, treatment, and court supervision for individuals who would not have been arrested but for their mental illness.