Public Input Needed for Mental Health Response Advisory Committee

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After finding the Cleveland Police engaged in a pattern of using excessive force, the Justice Department and the City signed an agreement to make improvements.  One of the areas that needed to be addressed, the feds say, involved the way in which officers handled people with mental illness, addiction, developmental disabilities or overwhelming in personal crisis.  The Mental Health Response Advisory Committee, comprising 41 members including police and mental health advocates,  was formed as a result of the agreement, known as a consent decree, that the city agreed to last year in order to avert a justice department lawsuit.




Online Survey:

The online survey can be accessed by visiting  It will be open through Wednesday, March 23, 2016.

Hard Copies of the Survey:

People can download and print the survey by visiting

Completed surveys must be mailed or returned by Wednesday, March 23, 2016, to:

ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County

c/o MHRAC Survey

2012 West 25th Street, 6th Floor

Cleveland, OH 44113

Three Community Input Sessions:

1. Southeast Side: Wednesday, March 16, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Community Assessment & Treatment Services (CATS), 8411 Broadway Avenue, Cleveland OH 44105.

2. Northeast/Central: Saturday, March 19, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Tri-C Jerry Sue Thornton Center (formerly the Visiting Nurses Association), 2500 East 22nd Street, Cleveland OH 44115.

3. West Side: Wednesday, March 23, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Stella Maris, 1320 Washington Avenue, Cleveland OH 44113.


Bill Denihan, Chair, Mental Health Response and Advisory Committee 

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