Provides assistance of counsel to every indigent person involuntarily confined to a facility under the jurisdiction of or licensed by the Maryland Department of Health. Representation of indigent admittees to mental institutions. Six month and annual reviews of individuals committed to mental institutions. Representation of indigents seeking individual judicial release from mental institutions. In CINA (Child In Need of Assistance) cases, the Parental Defense Division of the Public Defender’s Office is responsible for the following: Provides representation for parents and legal guardians in cases where allegations of abuse or neglect threaten the removal of their children by the state. The office also provides representation to parents in termination of parental rights cases. Other Divisions include Parental, Forensics, Juvenile Protection, Major Crimes and Complex Litigation, Social Work and Training. For more information, you can contact the Office of the Maryland Public Defender at www.opd.state.md.us.
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