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County Wide Mental Health Initiative

In 2008, the County Wide Mental Health Initiative, chaired by Honorable K. J. Montgomery, created a procedural guidance manual for municipal courts needing to navigate the system for the benefit of the community and those suffering from mental illness, developmental disabilities, guardianship, and elder abuse. It was the hope of this initiative that local judges, court personnel, and the community would find these materials helpful when working with mental health consumers and their families.

The below links are a culmination of work of many including Cleveland Municipal Judge Kathleen Keough, Probate Court Judge John Donnelly, Cleveland State Law School Professor Stephen Lararus, Cuyahoga County Deputy Public Defender Kathy Moore, Attorney at Law Toni Richmond, Shaker Heights Municipal Court Intern Allison Perry, and System Chief Clinical Officers of ADAMH Board of Franklin County Dr. Kathyrn Burns.

Please see the below links to help understand and navigate the procedures when engaged with the criminal and civil justice system.

Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Procedural Manual

Judge K.J. Montgomery Letter

InCompetent Or NGRI Hospital Status


InCompetent Or NGRI End Of Jurisdiction

Evidentiary Issues

Involuntary Civil Commitments

Competency Hearing

Sample Journal Entries

Incomp Or NGRI 20Day Evaluation

Cleveland Municipal Court Samples

Incompetent Restorable


Incompetent Need More Time To Evaluate

Elder Abuse

Incompetent & Mentally Retarded

Incompetent & Unrestorable

Forced Medication Hearing

NGRI Defense Raised At Trial

Defendant Found NGRI

"The mission of the Court is to provide a forum for the fair, impartial and timely resolution of civil and criminal cases."

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