The H.O.P.E Program was originally established in 2001 as the Mental Health Track. It was developed with the goal of establishing a cooperative and coordinated solution between community providers as a possible alternative to prison. Since 2007 the program is now known as the H.O.P.E. Program (Helping Offenders Psychologically and Emotionally). It is designed to assist individuals who are involved with the Common Pleas Court and have a history of mental health issues by providing the necessary services that will enhance the probability of stabilization and reduce the likelihood of re-offending. These specially trained professionals understand the complexities that mental health issues add to the Court process and work together to promote recovery efforts thus enabling participants to successfully complete Intensive Supervision Probation (ISP).
Referrals are made to the H.O.P.E. Program during the pre-sentence investigation process or by the probation officer once the individual is placed on supervision. The offender is interviewed by a local mental health agency and the determination is made as to whether the offender meets the criteria for placement in the H.O.P.E. Program.