Cleveland: May is Mental Health Awareness Month and the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court is collaborating again with Recovery Resources for an art display.
This is the fourth year that artwork is being presented on the first floor of the Justice Center. Along with pieces created by Recovery Resources clients, there is also information available about mental illness, treatment options, and intervention.
“Recovery Resources is such a valuable asset to our Court,” says Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Court Judge Robert McClelland. “They help treat our clients the goal of keeping them out of the justice system. We’re the only business that doesn’t want repeat customers.”
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.
Now known as the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Court (MHDD), the dedicated docket has five judges (Judge Hollie L. Gallagher - Chair, Judge Deena R. Calabrese, Judge Michael P. Shaughnessy, Judge Shannon M. Gallagher, and Judge Robert C. McClelland).
The collaborative effort between the courts and community agencies like Recovery Resources has helped to provide improved care for the MHDD offenders while promoting increased safety for the community through therapeutic approaches and evidence-based practices.
There was an official launch of the show on Friday, May 10, in the lobby of the Justice Center with Judge McClelland, Administrative Judge John J. Russo and Pamela Gill, President & Chief Executive Officer of Recovery Resources. The art display will be up for the month of May, and some of the pieces are available for purchase. There is also information available to the public courtesy of Recovery Resources.