On any given day, approximately a quarter of a million people with a severe mental illness are behind bars. Of those, about half were arrested for non-violent offenses.

When the sole response to a non-violent infraction by someone with a severe illness is incarceration, the results are both expensive and ineffective. But when treatment and consequences are skillfully mixed and monitored, it can be a classic “win-win” for the individual and the community.

Lake County was among the first counties in Ohio to mount a mental health court. Today, thanks to the vision and leadership of Judge John Trebets, Lake County Mental Health is seen as a model of success throughout Ohio and beyond.

Since its inception in 2004, more than 100 individuals have been referred to the Court. All had a diagnosed mental illness which contributed to behaviors that caused their arrest. Judge Trebets strives to create a blend of consequences, treatment, and incentives appropriate to each case. In so doing, the Court has saved taxpayers many thousands of dollars and turned lives around.

To read more about Judge Trebets click here.