A significant number of individuals with mental illness are involved in the adult and juvenile criminal justice systems. As a result, these systems have become defacto mental health providers of psychological and psychiatric services to these individuals. Often, individuals with mental illness cycle in and out of the criminal justice system due to gaps found in the community mental health system.
In order to address this revolving door effect, Attorney General Mike DeWine and former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton formed the Attorney General’s Task Force on Criminal Justice and Mental Illness in 2011. The Task Force evolved from the Advisory Committee on Mental Illness and the Courts (ACMIC), which Justice Stratton started in 2001.
The Task Force is composed of state agency representatives, law enforcement, judges and mental health professionals who meet regularly to increase public safety and reduce the number of persons with mental illness trapped in the criminal justice system.
If you would like further information about the Task Force, please call Michael Sheline at 614-644-8392 or Michelle Gillcrist at 216-787-5995.