Login | February 18, 2019

Probate Court releases ‘New Day Court’ video

Published: February 13, 2018

AKRON––For those living with long-term mental illness and their families, the supports and services can be difficult to navigate. 

Summit County Probate Court’s New Day Court, the first of its kind in the state of Ohio, gives participants the tools to take an active role in their recovery and avoid repeat hospitalizations. 

This is accomplished by offering compassionate case management with all providers involved in the participant’s treatment. 

A new video has been released on the probate court’s website to help inform individuals and families about how New Day Court impacts treatment.

The video can be viewed on the court’s website at www.summitohioprobate.com, click on New Day Court or at https://player.vimeo.com/video/250128850 

“Many times people with mental illness are reluctant to obtain treatment,” said Probate Court Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer. “New Day Court is designed to provide support for people while they adjust to the medication and encourage them to talk frankly with their doctors and their family members about what they are experiencing.  It allows people to remain in the community while they get treatment and begin their recovery process.” 

New Day Court is designed to help smooth the transition for those hospitalized under civil commitment to maintaining the best possible outcome for each participant.

Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer along with community partners the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board (ADM), Community Support Services, The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Summit County (NAMI), created New Day Court in January of 2016.  

“We have family members that contact us that are desperate to have their loved ones use a tool to help them gain recovery,” said Leslie Stoyer, executive director of NAMI Summit County. New Day Court is that tool for those individuals.  It is for those individuals who are very resistant to seeking treatment.”  

In addition to Judge Stormer, the new video showcases various partners of the court walking through the process for this recovery including Doug Smith of the ADM Board, Candace Pallante of Portage Path Emergency Services, Linda Omobien of Community Support Services, Stoyer of NAMI Summit County, and Sean a graduate of the program. 

The video provides information to support those who are navigating mental illness treatment in Summit County.  

“The feeling that someone (Judge Stormer) is actually listening to me makes a really, really big difference,” said Sean. “Someone is here that will help.  It’s not about being vulnerable, just keep an open mind.” 

This along with a variety of informative and instructional videos can be viewed through the court website www.summitohioprobate.com 

For more information contact Lisa Mansfield, community outreach specialist at (330) 643-7346.