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Cleveland’s Mental Health Docket Re-Certified by the Supreme Court of Ohio

Dec 01, 2017
(Columbus, Ohio) -- The Specialized Mental Health Docket of the Cleveland Municipal Court has been recertified by the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on Specialized Dockets. The recertification process was necessary due to the passing of Judge Ed Wade last year who was originally in charge of the docket. When Judge Emanuella Groves was appointed to the position, the Court had to re-start the certification process.

Contact:  Ed Ferenc, Public Information Officer                                  
Cleveland Municipal Court
216 664 6787 / 216 789 2597
ference@cmcoh.org     www.cmcoh.org

(Columbus, Ohio) -- The Specialized Mental Health Docket of the Cleveland Municipal Court has been recertified by the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on Specialized Dockets. The recertification process was necessary due to the passing of Judge Ed Wade last year who was originally in charge of the docket.  When Judge Emanuella Groves was appointed to the position, the Court had to re-start the certification process. 

In order to receive the certification, the local court had to submit an application, undergo a site visit, and provide specific program materials in response to certification standards that went in to effect in January 2014.

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor congratulated the Court and Judge Groves for receiving final certification.

“Specialized dockets divert offenders toward criminal justice initiatives that employ tools and tailored services to treat and rehabilitate the offender so they can become productive members of society,” said Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor. “Studies have shown this approach works by reducing recidivism while saving tax dollars.” 

Judge Groves, who has maintained a hands-on approach with the docket, was elated with the news.

“I look forward to working with staff as we assist participants to effectively manage their mental health,” said Judge Groves.

Specialized dockets are courts that are dedicated to specific types of offenses or offenders and use a combination of different techniques for holding offenders accountable while also addressing the underlying causes of their behavior. There are more than 210 specialized dockets in Ohio courts that deal with issues such as: Drugs and Alcohol, Mental Health, Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking.

The standards provide a minimum level of uniform practices for specialized dockets throughout Ohio, and allow local courts to innovate and tailor to meet their community’s needs and resources.

The certification requirements include establishing eligibility requirements, evaluating effectiveness of the specialized docket, and assembling a treatment team for implementing daily operations of the specialized docket. The team can include licensed treatment providers, law enforcement, court personnel, and is headed by the specialized docket judge.

The Commission on Specialized Dockets has 22 members who advise the Supreme Court and its staff regarding the promotion of statewide rules and uniform standards concerning specialized dockets in Ohio courts; the development and delivery of specialized docket services to Ohio courts; and the creation of training programs for judges and court personnel. The commission makes all decisions regarding final certification.

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