Mental Health Public Defender
A Different Kind of Law - Holistic Justice for the Mentally Ill
Jeanette Kinard, Director
2201 Post Road, Suite 200
Austin, TX 78704
Phone: (512) 854-3030
Fax: (512) 854-3037
The Travis County Mental Health Public Defender (MHPD) Office began in April 2007 to serve the needs of persons with mental illness in the criminal justice system. Our staff includes two lawyers, two social workers, three case workers and two support staff.
The social and case workers are also available to assist private court appointed attorneys. Referrals are made for a variety of social services. Follow-up case management services are also provided.
Cases are primarily referred to the MHPD through Travis County Court Administration. Referrals are also made by judges, attorneys, pre-trial services or mental health advocacy groups.
- Must be a Travis County case;
- Must be a misdemeanor;
- Client must be defined as indigent according to the county-standard definition;
- Must have at least one major priority population diagnosis including:
- bi-polar disorder,
- major depression and/or schizoaffective disorder
- Must NOT have a Travis County felony or felony probation pending.
The Travis County Mental Health Public Defender office is operated in connection with Travis County Criminal Justice Planning.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 10:51 AM