Roderick “Rocky” B. Glass, Director

The Fort Bend County Mental Health Public Defender's Office began in January, 2010, to serve the needs of persons with mental illness in the criminal justice system. Our staff includes two lawyers, two social workers, two case managers, and one paralegal/office manager.

The social workers and case managers are also available to appointed attorneys on the Mental Health Wheel. The social service staff refer individuals for a variety of community based services and provide case management services.

The Mental Health Public Defender's Office offers quality representation to defendants with mental illness. Each defendant with mental illness receives quality representation as well as help finding treatment options and other available social services in their community. We firmly believe that defendants who get treatment and who successfully navigate the social services system have a better chance of remaining stable and staying out of the criminal justice system. Ultimately, that is our goal: to provide assistance to persons with serious mental illness who are stuck in the criminal justice system, where they often do not belong, and to help keep them out of the system once their case is finished.