Mental Health

Civil involuntary commitments of the mentally ill to state hospitals are the responsibility of the Probate Court. The Court is required to hold evidentiary hearings to determine the appropriateness of commitment and the length and place of treatment.

Since the involuntary commitment involves the loss of liberty, the Court insures protection of an individual’s rights by providing legal representation at each step of the commitment process. Approximately six hundred fifty (650) commitments are made annually by the Summit County Probate Court.

Declaration for Mental Health Treatment

In October 2003, a law permitting a Declaration for Mental Health Treatment became effective. This mental health declaration allows you to state your own preferences regarding your mental health treatment and to name a person to make mental health care decisions for you when you cannot make these important decisions for yourself. You can name any adult, except your mental health treatment provider, but it should be a person that you know and trust, because that person will need to agree to make decisions for you.

Form – Ohio Declaration for Mental Health Treatment

Petition for Involuntary Treatment for Alcohol and other Drug Abuse

The person who is filing the Petition must set forth facts showing that someone is suffering from alcohol and other drug abuse and presents an imminent danger or imminent threat of danger to self, family or others if not treated for substance abuse.

ChecklistCivil Commitment for Substance Abuse Checklist

Since each case involving a civil involuntary commitment is uniquely different, contact the Probate Mental Health Clerk at (330) 643-2325 to explain the commitment process and answer your questions.


Training and Information:

In August 2021, Ohio law changed to allow Nurse Practitioners to testify at Involuntary Civil Commitment Hearings.  This training video contains information and a simulated hearing to provide a better understanding for Nurse Practitioners and others of the processes for conducting involuntary civil commitment of an individual for mental health treatment.      Watch the Video


Mental Health Resources for College Students (NAMI)


New Day Court


Summit County has long used the outpatient commitment process to provide treatment in the community to citizens suffering from severe mental illness.  The specialized program offered through the New Day Court gives those who participate the tools to take an active role in their recovery to avoid repeat hospitalizations.  The New Day Court program offers compassionate case management supported by the Court and all of the service providers involved in the participant’s treatment plan.

The Summit County Probate Court’s New Day Court was developed to assist the severely mentally ill on outpatient commitment. Summit County’s New Day Court is the first of its kind in the State of Ohio.
Watch a helpful video about our New Day Court.

Many Summit County agencies have come together to support those on outpatient commitment, including:

Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADM) Board
Community Support Services (CSS)
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Portage Path Behavioral Health – Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES)
SMI Adviser – A Clinical Support System For Serious Mental Illness (SMI), Administered by the American Psychiatric Association

With special thanks to the Peg’s Foundation


Judge Stormer appeared on “Good Day in Hudson” with host Frank Youngwerth. Their discussion focused on New Day Court, a court begun in 2016 by Judge Stormer. New Day Court is the first of its kind in the state of Ohio and gives its participants living with long-term mental illness the tools to take an active role in their recovery and avoid repeat hospitalizations.
Watch the complete interview recorded in the Hudson High School studio.