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Cleveland Municipal Drug Court

Honorable Lauren C. Moore, Drug Court Judge

Dr. Daryl D. Jackson, Program Coordinator

Judge Moore and Dr. Daryl D. Jackson

In 1998, Cleveland Municipal Court accepted a federal grant to establish
the Greater Cleveland Drug Court. This specialized docket was presided
over by the Honorable Larry A. Jones until his election to the Eighth
District Court of Appeals in November 2008 and the Honorable Anita
Laster Mays assumed the position of Drug Court judge in January 2009.
The Honorable Lauren C. Moore began presiding over Drug Court in January
2015 following Judge Mays’ election to the Eighth District Court of
Appeals in November 2014.

Drug Court may be offered to a felony offender charged with a fourth- or
fifth-degree-level possession of a controlled substance, who has only
one non-violent felony conviction and is chemically-dependent.
Defendants are required to enter a plea of “guilty” to a first-degree
misdemeanor. The sentence is held in abeyance pending successful
completion of the program. Upon successful completion of Drug Court and
payment of a supervision fee, a participant’s guilty plea is vacated,
the charge(s) dismissed and the case sealed or expunged. The Greater
Cleveland Drug Court received Specialized Docket Certification from the
Supreme Court of Ohio on April 11, 2014.

Honorable Lauren C. Moore began presiding over Drug Court in January
2015. Judge Moore graduated from Shaker Heights High School in Shaker
Heights, Ohio and received her bachelor’s degree in English from Spelman
College.  She earned her Juris Doctorate at Case Western Reserve
University. Having passed the Ohio State Bar in 1987, Lauren embarked on
a political career where she served as both a civil attorney and public
defender.  She served as Chief Prosecutor for the City of Cleveland and
as an Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor. Her ultimate goal of
becoming a judge materialized when she was elected to the Cleveland
Municipal Court in 2003.

Dr. Daryl D. Jackson is the Program Coordinator of the Greater Cleveland
Drug Court; Assisting Judge Lauren C. Moore with all internal and
external operations of the Drug Court Program for the City of Cleveland.
Dr. Jackson is a 2003 graduate of Chester Senior High School in Chester,
South Carolina and a 2007 graduate of Johnson C. Smith University in
Charlotte, North Carolina where he received a Bachelor of Social Work
degree focusing in African American studies. Later attending Case
Western Reserve University and completing his degree 2010 at Cleveland
State University with a Master of Social Work and a Doctor of Philosophy
Degree in Counseling in 2015.  In 2011 Dr. Jackson was certified by the
SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) board
to practice Cognitive Behavioral / Motivational Enhancement Therapy, in
September 2012 he received his licensure as a Chemical Dependency
Counselor by the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board.

  Cleveland Municipal Drug Court
Celebrating Recovery 5K Walk and Run 
was held Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Edgewater Park.



NAMI Greater Cleveland Multicultural Outreach program provides culturally appropriate outreach and support programs to empower individuals and their families affected by mental illness.

NAMI’s Multicultural Outreach Program targets the mental health needs of the
African American and Hispanic/Latino communities. Many individuals may suffer needlessly
from mental disorders such as clinical depression, schizophrenia, panic/anxiety,
obsessive compulsive disorder(OCD) and bipolar disorder.

Mental illness is not uncommon and is as diverse as the people who have it.
The percentage of African Americans receiving needed care is only half that of whites
and only 24% of Hispanics/Latinos with depression and anxiety receive appropriate care
compared with 34% of whites with the same diagnosis.

NAMI can Help. We provide culturally specific programs and services directed and sensitized
to the needs and concerns of African American and Hispanic/Latino Communites.

Easy Access to Services
Our services are located within the community. Many are within walking

distance and on bus routes.

Support groups that help families deal with mental illness challenges. (See Support Groups)

Free education programs to educate and empower individuals with mental illness and their families members.

  • Family-to-Family
    Family members teach a free 12-week course emphasizing the knowledge and skills needed to help cope with mental illness.
  • Peer-to-Peer
    A 9-week experiential education course for any person with serious mental illness who is interested in establishing and maintaining wellness.
  • Basics
    A six week course for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses.
  • Understanding Mental Illness
    A 5 week Support/Educational course for families/friends of individual(s) coping with mental illness, including information for families of veterans.

For more information about our Multicultural programs, contact Autra Dozier at or 216-875-7776.





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