Yates should report to county jail by Monday, State District Judge Belinda Hill said, denying defense lawyers' requests that she be housed in a private Houston psychiatric facility during the retrial.
Jury selection starts next week, and trial is expected to last through the end of July. Yates, 41, again is pleading innocent by reason of insanity and if convicted could be imprisoned for life.
Yates was not in court during the hearing. She has been in a state psychiatric hospital since being released from prison on $200,000 bond in February.
Her 2002 conviction in the bathtub drownings of her five children was overturned last year when an appeals court said a prosecution witness' erroneous testimony may have swayed jurors.
Dr. Park Dietz, a psychiatrist who has been a consultant for the "Law & Order" television series, told jurors that before the Yates children were killed, the show had depicted a woman who drowned her children in a bathtub and was acquitted by reason of insanity. No such episode existed.