The Ohio Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence (CCoE) was established in May 2001 to promote jail diversion alternatives for people with mental illness throughout Ohio. The Center is funded by a grant from the Ohio Department of Mental Health to the County of Summit Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board. The ADM Board contracts with the Northeast Ohio Medical University to operate the Center.
Believing that it is not a crime to have a mental illness, the Criminal Justice CCoE hopes to reverse the trend in what has become known as "criminalization of the mentally ill." This complex problem requires complex solutions. The CJ/CCoE promotes the Sequential Intercept Model, to assist communities in systematically approaching efforts to divert people with mental disorders from unnecessary arrest and incarceration.
The Criminal Justice CCoE welcomes opportunities to partner with communities throughout Ohio to develop programs at any level of intercept. We believe the essential ingredient for any successful jail diversion program is partnership across systems. All key players in all aspects of the mental health, addiction, and criminal justice communities need to talk regularly and forge a commitment to work together. We are eager to help make this happen throughout Ohio.
Ohio's Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Initiative
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The Criminal Justice CCoE recently released a brief video entitled “Ohio’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Initiative.” Our goal with this video is to celebrate Ohio’s successful development and promotion of CIT programs. The video presents an overview of CIT and the Criminal Justice CCoE and can be used as a brief introduction of CIT. To access the video, users must run Microsoft Silverlight. If you are not running Silverlight, the video display should prompt you to install the program, which takes only a couple minutes. If you do not see the prompt, you can download the free Silverlight from http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/media/. You will likely need to restart your browser after installation.
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