The Mental Health Court program is a specialized service within the Forensic services provided by Community Support Services. It was developed to divert Summit County adults with serious and persistent mental illness, who have been charged with misdemeanors, from the jail and criminal justice system. This program offers a therapeutically jurisprudent approach to support a psychiatrically stable and crime-free lifestyle. The Mental Health Court program addresses the unique needs of the mentally ill in our criminal justice system.
The Mental Health Court is a cooperative effort between Community Support Services, the County of Summit Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board, the Akron Municipal Court, the Stow Municipal Court, and the Barberton Municipal Court. The Akron, Stow, and Barberton Mental Health Courts are separate and unique programs. Defendants receive case management, psychiatric, vocational, and residential services as deemed appropriate. These services are provided in conjunction with the defendant, family members, probation office, and the city of Akron, the city of Stow, and the city of Barberton Municipal Courts.