MHRAC - Mental Health Response Advisory Committee:

The Mental Health Response Advisory Committee (MHRAC) was developed as part of the Settlement Agreement in September 2015 to provide feedback, technical assistance, and support to the Cleveland Division of Police (CDP) as it relates to the coordination of crisis intervention activities in Cleveland. The Settlement Agreement between the City of Cleveland and the Department of Justice required that a Mental Health Response Advisory Committee be developed by the City and the Cleveland Division of Police (CDP).

The charge of the MHRAC is:
  • Fostering better 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 Team (CIT) 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.
MHRAC Bylaws: Adopted September 2023

Upcoming Meetings – (recording will posted after meeting):



Training Subcommittee:

Next Meeting: September 14th, 2023 1:00 PM

The MHRAC Training Committee collaborates to help determine and make recommendations to Cleveland Division of Police on which trainings might be beneficial for Cleveland Division of Police Officers to learn about new and emerging behavioral health related topics. They help to guide and make recommendations for CDP’s annual In-service Training, help to inform and structure behavioral health related training for Cleveland dispatchers, and supports the current Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) 40- hour training that certifies Specialized Crisis Intervention Trained (SCIT) Officers for the Division.

Community Engagement Subcommittee:

Next Meeting: August 31, 2023 3:00 PM (Meeting ID: 990 0059 0888, Passcode: REACH)

The MHRAC Community Engagement Committee supports two primary charges of the MHRAC: to "foster better relationships" and to "develop solutions that improve crisis outcomes." Our work is to forge partnerships across the community and act as a bridge for ideas that can help us improve outcomes to crisis in our community.

Youth Subcommittee:

Next Meeting: TBD

The newest addition to the MHRAC Subcommittees! Members of MHRAC felt the need to include a voice for youth and youth voices at the MHRAC table. Stay tuned for more information on what this subcommittee will focus on!