Diversion Board

Contact Information:

Brandy Carney 
2079 East Ninth Street Cleveland, Ohio 44115 
(216) 443-5691

Leadership Staffing:

The Diversion Board shall select a member to serve as Chair and shall choose and develop its own rules of procedure, consistent with this section, other County ordinances, and the County Charter; provided that the member selected to serve as Chair shall serve in that capacity for a period of three (3) years. The Executive shall provide staff support as needed.


Description of Board and Responsibilities:

The Diversion Board shall first be appointed in March 2021 and shall be composed of nine (9) members, four (4) appointed by the Executive, two (2) appointed by the Council President, one (1) by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, one (1) by the Cuyahoga County Public Defender, and one (1) by the Administrative and Presiding Judge of the Common Pleas Court General Division. No more than two (2) of the six (6) members appointed by the Executive and Council President may be employees of Cuyahoga County. The appointing authorities shall use good faith efforts to reflect the diversity of the people of the County in appointing the members of the Board. The four (4) members appointed by the County Executive shall be confirmed by the County Council.


The duties of the Diversion Board shall include:

  1. Acting as a resource for information and advice for the Diversion Operator, crisis intervention training teams and crisis response teams.
  2. Encouraging community outreach and public participation in the goals and strategies of the center.
  3. Providing recommendations and input to the Executive and County Council regarding the development of goals, strategies and programs.
  4. Meeting publicly on a quarterly basis to provide a forum for the public to offer ideas and recommendations regarding the center.
  5. Issue an annual report of findings and recommendations for policies by Jan. 31st each year using the data and metrics collected from the Diversion Center. This report shall also be made available to the public online.
  6. Encourage Hospitals, Mental Health providers and Substance abuse providers to be resources for the Board.


Diversion Board Bylaws

Enabling Legislation:


Name Term Ends Appointed By/Representation
Feb 28, 2026 Common Pleas Court
Feb 28, 2026 Public Defender
Feb 28, 2026 Prosecutor
N/A Council
Feb 28, 2025 Council
Feb 28, 2025 County Executive
N/A County Executive
Feb 29, 2024 County Executive
Feb 29, 2024 County Executive

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