The Mental Health Docket operates in cooperation with area community mental health agencies to provide intensive supervision to offenders living with the challenges of mental illness. The Cleveland Municipal Court has recognized the need for behavioral health services, case management and supervision for clinically diagnosed mentally ill and/or developmentally disabled offenders to remain in the community and function as healthy, law-abiding citizens and to reduce the likelihood that they will come back into the criminal justice system as offenders.
The Judges of the Cleveland Municipal Court identify defendants with possible mental health issues. An assessment of the defendant is made via in-depth interview by the Court Psychiatric Unit to determine whether the defendant is a candidate for the Mental Health Docket, currently under the direction of Judge Emanuella Groves.
If eligible, after placement into the program the offender may be linked to a variety of community programs and agencies with the assistance of specially trained Probation Officers. Certain offenders may be offered a full range of services provided by agency providers, including forensic psychiatry, medication management, intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment for dually diagnosed offenders, partial hospitalization services and support services.
The Mental Health Docket received Specialized Docket Certification from the Supreme Court of Ohio on August 15, 2014 and continues to grow at a rapid pace as the number of individuals coming into the criminal justice system with mental health issues increases.
Honorable Emanuella Groves
Mental Health Docket Judge
Emanuella Groves was elected to the Cleveland Municipal Court on November 6, 2001 and was reelected without opposition in 2003 and 2009.
Judge Groves grew up in Canton, Ohio and came to Cleveland in 1978 to attend Case Western Reserve law school. She graduated from Canton McKinley High School in 1975 and in three years graduated with honors from Kent State University with a bachelor’s degree in business management. While attending law school she met attorney Greg Groves and the two married in 1981. They are the proud parents of two children.
Judge Groves started her legal career as an assistant police prosecutor for the City of Cleveland. In 1983, she was staff attorney for Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority. By 1988, she rose through the ranks to Assistant Deputy Director of Administrative Services, where she oversaw the operations of the personnel, purchasing, warehouse and occupancy departments. In 1989, she joined her husband in the practice of law when they formed Groves and Groves Attorneys at Law.
Judge Groves has had numerous opinions published in Ohio Bar Association Report and has participated as a speaker in continuing legal education courses. In 2008, she secured her certification in Judicial Studies from the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada.
Judge Groves also finds time to volunteer in the community as well as her church, Liberty Hill Baptist, where her husband serves as a deacon. She is also a member of many bar associations and is the co-founder of Caring Communities Organized for Education, a parent organization that identifies issues concerning academic achievement.
Michael Arnoff, Psy.D. Cuyahoga Common Pleas Court
The Honorable Pamela Barker Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas
Kimberly Barnett-Mills, Esq. City of Cleveland Prosecutor's Office
David Brown Murtis Taylor Human Services System
Dave Colletti Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Councilman Kevin Conwell, Sr. Cleveland City Council
Don Davies, M.Ed. Connections
The Honorable William Dawson
East Cleveland Municipal Court
William M. Denihan
ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County, CEO
Autra Dozier National Alliance on Mental Illness, Greater Cleveland
Jennifer Franklin, Ph.D. Psychologist
Councilman Anthony Hairston
Cuyahoga County Council
Jaclynn Harasimchuk Cleveland Municipal Court
James Hardiman, Esq.
Rita Haynes, M.A. Cleveland Municipal Court Psychiatric
Dr. Ewald Horwath, M.D., M.S., FAPA MetroHealth Medical Center;
Case Western Reserve University
Patricia Murph Ivery East Cleveland
Councilman Kevin Kelley, Esq.
Cleveland City Council
Paul Klodor Court Community Services
Amanda Papa Recovery Resources
The Honorable Robert McClelland Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas
Maria Pujana, M.D. Case Western Reserve University
Brian Siggers Cleveland Municipal Court
Sherif Soliman, M.D.
Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare
Joy Stankowski, M.D. Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare
Jazmin Torres-Lugo, Esq. Criminal Attorney
Frances White Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental
Robert Tobik, Esq. Cuyahoga County Public
-The Honorable Gayle Williams-Byers South Euclid Municipal Court
Advisory Board Members Not Pictured
-Dr. Hugh Turner Psy D, LLC Cuyahoga Community College
-Alfred Walton Highland Hills Resident
-Martin Williams MSSA, LISW Frontline
David Barker Cleveland Municipal Court
Rochena Crosby-Hall FrontLine
Yolanda Gordon, MCJ Cleveland Municipal Court
Rita Haynes, M.A. Cleveland Municipal Court
Kristin Hykes Connections: Health Wellness Advocacy
James McHugh Cleveland Municipal Court
Floyd Rice Murtis Taylor Human Services System
For more information about the Mental Health Docket please contact:
Mental Health Docket Coordinator