The Office of Justice Affairs operates on behalf of the County Executive to coordinate and enhance the overall operation of the justice system in Summit County, resulting in efficient and cost-effective services for its residents.
The Office of Justice Affairs serves the residents of Summit County by:
• Facilitating dialog, sharing information and coordinating efforts between various system stakeholders
• Conducting research and analysis of current justice models
• Performing comprehensive planning
• Developing and implementing justice system and public safety initiatives and policies
• Obtaining resources and funding opportunities through grant management
• Heightened use of technology providing training and technical assistance to justice systems, agencies, organizations and individuals
• Maintaining community relations and public awareness
Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Criminal Justice and Mental Health Forum
The Forum is dedicated to coordinating activities between the criminal justice system and behavioral health systems in Summit County aimed at improving outcomes for individuals with mental illness or co-occurring substance use disorders involved in the criminal justice system.
Summit County Reentry Network
The mission of the Summit County Reentry Network is to work in a collaborative effort to provide adult, felony ex-offenders with services that will help them overcome obstacles that prevent them from self-sufficiency. Currently these efforts are coordinated through the Justice Affairs Office.
Funding provided to Summit County by the Bureau of Community Sanctions, through the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction assists in supporting the wide variety of community corrections programs throughout Summit County, including day reporting, jail case management, probation, and work release. Recently additional funding was allocated for academic and employment programs.
Opiate and Addiction Programs (OATF, ALC, OAAC)
The Opiate and Addiction Task Force (OATF) is a group of representatives from various organizations, as well as individuals with lived experience, committed to working together to reduce the tragic direct and collateral consequences of opiate and other drug abuse in Summit County through education, collaboration, advocacy, and leveraging available resources. https://www.summitcountyaddictionhelp.org/
The Addiction Leadership Council (ALC) organizes and sets the pace through innovative leadership in the identification, prevention and treatment of addiction in Summit County through collecting and evaluating data, setting policy, creating structure and driving accountability.
The Opiate Abatement Advisory Committee (OAAC) is a task force convened by key stakeholders to provide recommendations with regard to funding made available through settlement agreements in the successful opiate litigation. The key stakeholders group includes of the Summit County Executive, Mayor of the City of Akron, a Mayor representing the Mayors Association of Summit County, a Township Trustee, and a representative of Summit County Public Health.
Comprised up of professionals in the fields that deal with this crisis every day and those that have lived experience, the OAAC will recommend policy, system and environmental approaches to address four priority areas utilizing settlement resources: Treatment, Harm Reduction, System Coordination, and Evidence-Based Prevention and Education. These four areas, or “pillars” will guide the collective action of the OAAC to turn settlement dollars into community impact.
The Collaborative Agains Human Trafficking in Summit County mission is to increase our community's knowledge of human trafficking through educational efforts to insure individuals are prepared to recognize and properly assist vicuims of human trafficking. The Collaborative in Summit County has created a website at http://endslaverysummitcounty.org/ and a Resource Guide to help further this mission.
Region 5 Law Enforcement State Homeland Security Program
Ohio Homeland Security Region 5 is comprised of thirteen counties, including: Summit, Mahoning, Stark, Portage, Trumbull, Columbiana, Tuscarawas, Wayne, Ashland, Medina, Holmes, Richland and Carroll. The Summit County Division of Public Safety through its Emergency Management Agency serves as the fiscal agent for the Law Enforcement – State Homeland Security Grant Program for Region 5. The Region’s Law Enforcement Planner and Regional Intelligence Coordinator work collaboratively in developing training and projects to support law enforcement personnel throughout the 13 counties. Projects are vetted and approved by a Committee of two representatives from each of the small, mid, and large sized counties.