Greater Cleveland Congregations, others, urge Cuyahoga County leaders to open ‘crisis centers’ for people with mental health, drug problems

By Courtney Astolfi

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Hundreds of people from faith-based organizations packed an East Side church Thursday night to urge Cuyahoga County leaders to create “crisis centers” to serve as an alternative to jail for those with mental health or drug issues.

The 90-minute event, organized by Greater Cleveland Congregations, also was attended by County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley, Common Pleas judges Brendan Sheehan and John J. Russo, and Bill Mason, County Executive Armond Budish’s chief of staff.

Among other things, the group called for the county to open two centers, one on the west side of the county and one on the east side, and make public a timeline for opening the centers.

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