In 2002, the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, suburban court partners, and community stakeholders created the Mental Health Court Initiative. Together, they developed the Mental Health Court Docket model.
The focus of this collaboration was to identify existing programs and services that serve the severe mentally ill and developmentally disabled population; to identify the gaps in service, and expand resources; to enhance communication and training which ultimately provides efficient, effective, and consistent criminal response.
In 2010, the Mental Health Court was renamed to the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Court (MHDD) to better represent the population it serves.
Today, the MHDD Court has 5 judges that oversee the Court, along with 2 Probation Supervisors, 2 pre-trial officers, and 13 highly trained post-conviction officers.
The collaborative effort between the courts and community agencies has helped to provide improved care for the MHDD offenders while promoting increased safety for the community through therapeutic approaches and evidence-based practices .