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Cuyahoga County Recovery/Drug Court    Printer Friendly Version

Recovery/Drug Court Overview


Many people who end up in the criminal justice system are dealing with not only drug and alcohol addiction, but also have underlying trauma related mental health issues.

To better assist those who are dealing with dual-diagnoses, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court created a special Recovery/Drug Court to join with the existing Drug Court.

Judge Joan C. Synenberg was named presiding Judge of the new docket in January of 2015. On December 11, 2015, the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Specialized Dockets awarded final certification to that docket.

"Mental illness and addiction often go hand-in-hand," says Judge. "Not only is treatment critical for those who suffer from both, but helping them recover is ultimately a public health issue as well."

Judge Synenberg maintains a full docket and says the compliance rate of those who appear before her has been exceptionally high.

"In many cases, these are people who want to be helped and a number of them have come from nearly hopeless situations," says Judge Synenberg. "The profound changes they make in recovery are inspiring."

Recovery/Drug Court is the first of its kind in the State of Ohio.


Recovery/Drug Court
Judge Joan C. Synenberg

Recovery/Drug Court Contact Information:

Molly Leckler
Recovery Court Coordinator
(216) 443-2154

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"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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