Joan Papp, MD, is recognized for her tireless community work and advocacy as a leader in the fight against opiode use. As a leader with "boots on the ground," Joan collaborates with stakeholders to help guide policy decisions surrounding access to naloxone, the antidote for reversing an opiod overdose. As chairperson of the Policy Subcommittee, Dr. Papp helped create and pass two instrumental bills for Ohio, House Bill 4 and House Bill 170-both expanding access to naloxone. She worked with Senator Rob Portman to help pass the CARA ACT. Dr. Papp is the medical director of Project Dawn, a community-based overdose education and naloxone distribution program and was recently named as the Director of MetroHealth Office of Opiod Safety, Opening July 1st.
Judge Joan Synenberg is honored for her instrumental role presiding over Recovery Court, a specialized docket supervising people with drug addiction and trauma. This dual diagnosis docket is the first of its kind in the state of Ohio and is certified by the Ohio Supreme Courts. In Addiction to this specialty docket, Judge Synenberg has served on the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas bench for 9 years and previously presided over Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities Docket, Court of Common Please, from 2009-2014. Under her leadership, hundreds of lawyers have participated in complimentary continuing legal education courses in exchange for donating their legal services to persons in need.
Mental Illness and Addiction/Community Cost and Responsibility
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Joan Papp, MD
Judge Joan Synenberg
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