MHRAC Community Engagement Subcommittee

Cleveland Department of Public Health

Tuesday, June 18, 2024
9:00 a.m. — 11:00 a.m. EDT

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The Community Engagement Subcommittee is a subcommittee of the Mental Health Response Advisory Committee (more on MHRAC below). It supports two primary charges of MHRAC: to “foster better relationships” and to “develop solutions that improve crisis outcomes.” It works to forge partnerships across the community and act as a bridge for ideas that can help improve outcomes to crisis in our community.

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Meeting ID: 295 388 108 77

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Kevin Goehring, northeast hub director at the Mental Health & Addiction Advocacy Coalition, chairs this subcommittee.

Other MHRAC members are on this subcommittee. You can find a full list of MHRAC members here.

Note: If we receive an agenda, we will share it with you and update the assignment page with that information.

More background on MHRAC:

The Mental Health Response Advisory Committee (MHRAC) is a part of the Cleveland Department of Public Health.

The Settlement Agreement between the City of Cleveland and the Department of Justice requires that a Mental Health Response Advisory Committee (MHRAC) be developed by the City and the Cleveland Division of Police (CDP).

This committee has the following charge:

  • Fostering relationships and support between the police, community and mental health providers.
  • Identifying problems and developing solutions to improve crisis outcomes.
  • Providing guidance to improving, expanding and sustaining the CDP Crisis Intervention Program.
  • Conducting a yearly analysis of incidents to determine if the CDP has enough specialized CIT officers, if they are deployed effectively and responding appropriately and recommending changes to policies and procedures regarding training.

Find past Documenters coverage of MHRAC meetings here:

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Edited and summarized by the Cleveland - OH Documenters Team

Note-taking by Nani Faye Palmer

Panel: What do behavioral health workers know about crisis intervention?

Live reporting by Marvetta Rutherford

Committee brainstorms crisis-intervention questions for focus group

Denise A@cleDocumenter @CleDocuDenise
Hey #Cleveland at 9 am tuhday I am covering Cleveland Department of Public Health
MHRAC Community Engagement Subcommittee for #cledocumenters @cledocumenters and @signalcleveland
Now to take a nap... see you soon

11:28 PM Jun 17, 2024 CDT

Denise A@cleDocumenter @CleDocuDenise 2/9
This is today's agenda!
Denise A@cleDocumenter @CleDocuDenise 3/9
Kevin Goehring is the presenter for today
Denise A@cleDocumenter @CleDocuDenise 4/9
He started the Meeting with the focus on CIT
Currently there are 10 people total.
There are questions from the attendees regarding Focus Group Script...
This is targeted for professionals who know what a crisis is
Denise A@cleDocumenter @CleDocuDenise 5/9
CIT stands for
Crisis Intervention Training
This is for the safety forces and health professionals to know. As well, the people who are interacting with the affected person.
Denise A@cleDocumenter @CleDocuDenise 6/9
The guidelines are being discussed and added by the committee and will be added in the final part of this assignment.
The various people are adding more to the list..
Denise A@cleDocumenter @CleDocuDenise 7/9
The agenda is revised
Denise A@cleDocumenter @CleDocuDenise 8/9
Denise A@cleDocumenter @CleDocuDenise 9/9
Folks as soon as I get the finished working document from the Meeting, I will be happy to post it here!
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Cleveland Department of Public Health

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The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) is the local public health agency for the City of Cleveland. Formally established in 1910, the department is charged with improving the quality of life in the City of Cleveland by promoting healthy behavior, protecting the environment, preventing disease, and making the City a healthy place to live, work, and play. The Cleveland Department of Public Health is made of a range of programs providing clinical, environmental, health promotion, and population-based services. The department has an annual budget of $21 million and is staffed by 180 full and part-time employees.

CDPH ensures a high quality of resources and services through various partnerships in the greater Cleveland community. For example, CDPH has initiated and maintained working relationships with Case Western Reserve University, Metro Health Medical Center, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Cuyahoga County Board of Health, Lakewood and Shaker Health Departments, the Center for Community Solutions and others. These partnerships provide the cornerstone of successful preventive public health care services to meet the needs of the residents of the City of Cleveland and throughout the Greater Cleveland community.


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