Mental Health Court is a specialized service offered by Community Support Services in collaboration with the local municipal courts.
It was developed to divert adults in Summit County with serious and persistent mental health services, charged with misdemeanors, from the jail and criminal justice system.
The Mental Health Court is a cooperative effort among 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.
CSS also is one of the main providers of mental health services for individuals in HOPE Court, a specialized court program of the Summit County Court of Common Pleas for individuals charged with certain felony crimes who have been diagnosed with a severe and persistent mental illness. HOPE Court clients are assigned a case manager, psychiatrist, and team nurse. Counseling services also are available.