Providing zealous, effective, ethical representation

to indigent people accused of crimes.





DeKalb County Misdemeanor Mental Health Court

Judge: Berryl A. Anderson, Chief Magistrate; Magistrate Rhathelia Stroud, Presiding Judge; Magistrate Judge Lindsay Jones, Assistant Judge; Magistrate Judge September Guy, Assistant Judge

Acting Director: Retired Judge Winston Bethel

Clinical Evaluator: Dr. Vickie Jester, LCSW, Ph.D

Administrative Assistant: Ingrid Hall George

Coordinator: Bedford "Chip" Forte

Telephone: (404) 371-2241 - Office  (404) 371-2683 - Fax



The DeKalb County Midemeanor Mental Health Court ("MMHC"), formerly the Diversion Treatment Court ("DTC"), is an accountability court that now operates as a post-plea court. Participants must have a verifiable Axis I mental health diagnosis to be considered for the program. Referrals to the MMHC are received from the police, prosecutors, defense attorneys, public defenders, jail mental health, judges, Pre-Trial Services, family, and previous mental health court participants.

After a plea of guilty or nolo contendere, the participant's sentence will be deferred for the next 12 months. With successful completion of the program, the sentence will be vacated, charges dismissed, and the record restricted. While in the program, a Defendant will be required to attend court appearances, mental health treatment appointments, therapeutic group sessions, undergo random drug screens, comply with medication adherence, etc.

The MMHC designs individual treatment plans appropriate for each individual's needs. The treatment plans differ, but can include compliance with prescribed medications, participation in treatment groups, compliance with house rules, abstinence from drugs and/or alcohol, completion of schooling/training/GED, participation in community/volunteer services and peer support programs, application for public assistance where applicable.

The Court also assists and requires a Participant to locate available and affordable treatment and assists with transportation needs by providing a MARTA card when possible.

MMHC LOCATION: DeKalb County Courthouse; Magistrate Court of DeKalb County; Suite 1200, First Floor, Courtroom 1200D