Mental Health Docket

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.


Advisory Board


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.
  Attorney NAACP

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Rita Haynes, M.A.
Cleveland Municipal Court Psychiatric
Clinic

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Dr. Ewald Horwath, M.D., M.S., FAPA
MetroHealth Medical Center;
Case Western Reserve University

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Patricia Murph Ivery
East Cleveland
Municipal Court

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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

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Frances White
Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental
Disabilities



Robert Tobik, Esq.
Cuyahoga County Public
Defenders Officce


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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


Treatment Team



David Barker
Cleveland Municipal Court


Kimberly Barnett-Mills, Esq.
City of Cleveland Prosecutor's Office


Rochena Crosby-Hall
FrontLine


Yolanda Gordon, MCJ
Cleveland Municipal Court


Jaclynn Harasimchuk
Cleveland Municipal Court

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Rita Haynes, M.A.
Cleveland Municipal Court
Psychiatric Clinic

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Kristin Hykes
Connections: Health Wellness Advocacy


James McHugh
Cleveland Municipal Court


Amanda Papa
Recovery Resources


Floyd Rice
Murtis Taylor Human Services System


Brian Siggers
Cleveland Municipal Court

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Frances White
Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental
Disabilities



For more information about the Mental Health Docket please contact:

Jaclyn Harasimchuk
Mental Health Docket Coordinator
(216) 664-3911
harasimchukj@cmcoh.org

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