Mental Health Division (Involuntary Institutionalization Services)
The Mental Health Division (MHD) of the Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD) champions the liberty and self-determination of individuals confined in public and private mental health facilities across the State. MHD handles involuntary civil commitment hearings that arise from allegations that an individual is dangerous to themselves or others due to a mental illness. MHD tenaciously advocates for the release of individuals committed to the custody of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene after a finding of Not Criminally Responsible by Circuit and District Courts throughout the State. MHD monitors proposed legislation and regulations to protect and advance the rights of individuals with psychiatric and intellectual disabilities.