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.
Checklist – Civil 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.
Mental Health Resources for College Students (NAMI) 
New Day Court  – The Summit County Probate Court’s New Day Court was developed to assist the severely mentally ill on outpatient commitment.