(I'm going to assume that this isn't just a local or state matter) The NAMI volunteer who called me last week refferred me to VOPA- Virginia Office of Protection & Advocacy, I think. Apparently, they aren't a government agency but help those with mental health issues who get caught up in the legal system. (Do they have these everywhere?) Anyway, they couldn't help- why? The ONLY reason was because I have already been paying an attny for difficult child for the past year, since I fired the public defender. I just thought I would throw that info out in case anyone else ends up having a difficult child in legal trouble- you have to call the OPA FIRST - before any other attny. Well, that bit of info could have saved me about $4000....And, they probably could have and would have done a lot better job getting difficult child a fair punishment and educating the courts a little more. I don't know why it always seems that I find out really important stuff after the fact. It would have been nice if the GAL had just mentioned this to me.