Coordinating Centers of Excellence

Partners & Links


Best Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment (BeST) Center at NEOMED
The Best Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment (BeST) Center at NEOMED in the Department of Psychiatry is dedicated to promoting recovery and improving the lives of as many people with schizophrenia as possible by accelerating the adoption of evidence-based and promising practices. The BeST Center works with mental health consumers, family members, expert consultants, policy makers and mental health partners from Northeast Ohio. The BeST Center does not provide direct services; rather, it offers training, consultation, evaluation, education and outreach activities to build the capacity of local systems to provide state-of-the-art care.

County of Summit Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADM) Board
The County of Summit ADM Board is the planner, manager and funder of comprehensive behavioral health care services that are provided through contracts with its certified provider agencies. In recognition of its efforts to promote jail diversion programs for people with severe and persistent mental disorders, the ADM Board receives funding from the Ohio Department of Mental Health to support the CJ/CCoE. In 2003 the County of Summit ADM Board received the Bronze Achievement Award from the American Psychiatric Association in recognition of its systematic efforts to decriminalize persons with mental illness.

GAINS Center
The National GAINS Center for People with Co-Occurring Disorders in the Justice System was created in 1995, and refunded in 2000, as a national locus for the collection and dissemination of information about effective mental health and substance abuse services for people with co-occurring disorders in contact with the justice system.

NAMI Ohio (the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Ohio) was created in 1982 by a small group of family members to provide mutual support, education, and advocacy for individuals affected by serious brain disorders and for their families. We now include family members, mental health consumers, providers, community mental health boards, mental health organizations and other supporters among our growing membership. As a successful grassroots organization advocating for mental health issues, NAMI Ohio has a winning history of affecting public policy and legislation regarding care and resources for persons with serious mental illness. NAMI Ohio members testify before the state legislature, educate business and education leaders, and sit on state planning and advisory committees, county ADAMH/CMHRS Boards, and various task forces. NAMI Ohio insures that individuals with mental illnesses and their families are represented in places where decisions are made.

Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED)
NEOMED is a community-based, state medical and pharmacy school that offers a combined B.S./M.D. program that allows students to graduate with their B.S./M.D. in as few as six years. NEOMED with its campus in Rootstown, Ohio is the only medical school in the country that has a partnership with three state universities and 17 hospitals. This relationship allows the College to focus on its mission of providing highly trained physicians oriented to the practice of medicine at the community level, while at the same time remaining cost-effective for students and the taxpayers of Ohio. NEOMED has collaborative arrangements with other colleges and universities to offer graduate-level education in biomedical sciences and biomedical engineering, and a master of public health program.

Office of Criminal Justice Services
Ohio Revised Code 181.52 establishes the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) as the lead criminal justice planning agency for the state. Through its research, technology, grants administration and programmatic initiatives, OCJS serves agencies and communities committed to reducing and preventing crime across Ohio. Service is at the core of OCJS’ vision, with collaboration the driver that allows the agency to remain ahead of criminal justice issues. The outcome of this service and collaboration is the excellence Ohio enjoys in a broad range of justice products such as funding, technology tools, training and publications. OCJS customers include the Administration, legislature, law enforcement and criminal justice agencies, victim groups and citizens.

Ohio Attorney General’s Criminal Justice and Mental Health Task Force
The Ohio Attorney General’s Criminal Justice and Mental Health Task Force is tasked with addressing the overrepresentation of individuals with mental illness revolving in the criminal justice system.  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.

Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
The primary mission of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services is to ensure that quality mental health care is available in communities to all Ohioans, particularly individuals with serious mental illness. Last year, Ohio’s community mental health systems provided services to 250,000 people, including more than 75,000 adults who are severely disabled by mental illness and 70,000 children. The mission of the Office of Forensic Services is to ensure quality mental health care is provided to all persons with mental illness involved in the criminal justice system by improving assessment, treatment and continuity of care; increasing community-based services and enhancing communication, education and cooperation between mental health, criminal justice, and other state departments; in order to reduce institutional recidivism, address public safety concerns as well as individual, family and community functioning.

Ohio Program for Campus Safety & Mental Health at NEOMED
The Ohio Program for Campus Safety & Mental Health (OPCSMH) at NEOMED in the Department of Psychiatry is a resource center promoting suicide prevention, mental health awareness and stigma reduction activities at college campuses across the state of Ohio.

Stepping Up Initiative

The primary objective of the National Stepping Up Initiative is to reduce the number of individuals with mental illnesses in jails throughout the nation.  Stepping Up invites communities to collaborate with the goal of developing an action plan that will be utilized to achieve a detectible impact in their local criminal justice systems.

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) is collaborating with Ohio communities to support that common objective.  This collaboration engages a wide range of individuals, including policymakers, criminal justice professionals, consumers, mental health professionals and committed others.  OhioMHAS began utilizing Community Innovations grants to help this objective become a reality.  As of September 17, 2019, the Ohio Stepping Up Initiative has engaged 47 Ohio communities.

Treatment Advocacy Center
The Treatment Advocacy Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating legal and clinical barriers to timely and humane treatment for millions of Americans with severe brain disorders who are not receiving appropriate medical care.

Ohio AOT Podcasts
The Treatment Advocacy Center has released a limited series podcast, The Way Forward, on the extraordinary success of assisted outpatient treatment in Ohio. There are four brief episodes, ranging from 7 to 11 minutes. The initial episode explains what AOT is and how exactly it can help people with SMI. It features former Butler County Probate Court Judge Randy Rogers and Dr. Mark Munetz, chair emeritus of psychiatry at Northeast Ohio Medical University. In Episode 2, Mary Kay Pierce, the executive director of NAMI Richland County, speaks to the difference AOT has made in her community and the process she and fellow champions undertook to make it happen. In Episode 3, Judge James Walther brings us inside the courtroom of Lorain County’s AOT program. In the final episode, the clinical team in Franklin County share a few of their amazing success stories. The podcast was made possible by a grant from the Peg’s Foundation. Listen here or wherever you listen to podcasts.

AOT Overview and Research Summary

Other CCoE's

Center for Evidenced-based Practices

The Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western Reserve University is a technical assistance organization that promotes recovery among people with mental illness, substance use disorders, and co-occurring disorders through the implementation of evidence-based practices and emerging best practices in behavioral healthcare.

Center for Innovative Practices

The Center for Innovative Practices (CIP) is a training and technical assistance center within the Begun Center.  Their mission is to provide support to community based agencies that seek to implement interventions that improve outcomes for youth and families.

Collaborating to Improve Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

The Center for Innovative Practices, Center for Evidence-Based Practices, Best Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment (BeST) Center, and Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence partnered to create a multidisciplinary partnership to provide consulting, training, and evaluation along a continuum of care to increase the integration of services and, thus, reducing fragmentation of healthcare – including mental health and substance use services – and criminal justice systems.  Through this partnership, the Centers created a handout to showcase the various services that each Center provides.

Mental Illness/Mental Retardation, Developmental Disabilities

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities is committed to improving the quality of life for Ohioans with developmental disabilities and their families, wherever they chose to live, work, and spend their day.

Links of Interest

American Correctional Health Services Association

The American Jail Association

The American Probation and Parole Association

The American Psychiatric Association

The Attorney General Task Force Committee on Mental Illness and Jails Webinar Series

Best Practices in the Prescription of Antipsychotic Medications in Jails Webinar

Mental Health 101 Webinar

Collaborative Mental Health Care for Incarcerated Individuals – Part I

Collaborative Mental Health Care for Incarcerated Individuals-Part II

Collaborative Mental Health Care for Incarcerated Individuals – Part III

Collaborative Mental Health Care for Incarcerated Individuals – Part IV

Collaborative Mental Health Care for Incarcerated Individuals – Part V

Collaborative Mental Health Care for Incarcerated Individuals – Part VI

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

Bureau of Justice Assistance Office of Justice Programs

The Corrections Connection

The Council of State Governments Justice Center

The Criminal Justice/Mental Health Consensus Project

Help Connections

Mental Health America (MHA)

The National Alliance on Mental Illness

National Center on Institutions and Alternatives

National Institute for Mental Health

National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women

Ohio Association of Behavioral Healthcare Authorities

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

Policy Research Associates, Inc.

The Sentencing Project

The Stanley Medical Research Institute

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

U. S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections

U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Corrections Program Office

U.S. Surgeon General Report on Mental Health


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Ohio Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence

A NEOMED Coordinating Center of Excellence