Judge Joyce A. Campbell
Nominated by NAMI Ohio
Member, NAMI Butler County (OH)
Listen to Joyce's Candidate Speech

Specific Strengths and Attributes:

  • Experience with a variety of revenue models and financial oversight and management
  • Human capital management including professional experience in human resources and personnel development & management
  • Legal and risk management
  • Criminal Justice experience, professional and/or lived

Job Title or Position:

  • Municipal Court Judge, City of Fairfield, Ohio

NAMI Leadership Experience:

  • NAMI Board of Directors (1st Vice President, 2020-present; Member, 2018-present)
  • NAMI Ohio Board of Directors (President, 2020-present; 1st Vice President, 2014-2020)
  • NAMI Butler County (OH) Board of Directors (Member, 2011-2012)

Additional NAMI Involvement:

  • NAMI Advocacy, NAMIWalks

Other Board Service:

  • Association of Municipal/County Judges of Ohio, Board of Trustees (Member, 2002-present; President, 2009-2010)
  • Ohio Judicial Conference (Officer, 2010-present; currently Chair)
  • Ohio Jail Advisory Board (Member, 2018-2019)
  • Ohio Judicial College, Board of Trustees (Member, 2009-2011)
  • Butler County Ohio Mental Health Board (Member, 2000-2009; President 2004-2005)
  • Children's Diagnostic Center, Inc., Board of Directors (Member, 1994-2000; President 2000-2001)

Public Service:

  • Municipal Court Judge (1999-present), incl. certified Mental Health Court docket, certified Multiple OVI/Substance Abuse Court docket

Relationship to Mental Health:

  • Family member or direct/front-line support of someone with a mental health condition; Other Professional

Candidate Strengths Assessment

The candidate indicated they have experience in the following areas that will help NAMI achieve its mission and strategic goals:

  • Adult Education, Business/Nonprofit Leadership, Advocacy, Criminal Justice, Law

Estimated years of experience in the above areas:

  • 23 plus years in all areas.

The candidate indicated they have connections and networks in the following areas:

  • Criminal Justice, Legal/Law, Politics/Elected Officials

Additional information about the connections and networks:

  • I currently serve as Chair of the Ohio Judicial Conference which represents all of the judges in the State of Ohio, President of the Board of NAMI Ohio, Vice President of the Board of the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation.

Candidate Leadership Style

The candidate indicated the following descriptors represent their leadership style:

  • Action-Oriented, Consensus Builder, Data Driven, Decisive, Devil's Advocate, Linear Thinker, Outcome-Oriented, Peacemaker, Risk Taker, Innovator, Team Player

The NAMI mission is to provide advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives. This mission is reflected in our 2020-2025 Strategic Plan - early detection, best care possible and diversion from criminal justice involvement - for which I was a strong voice in drafting as a member of the current BOD. The third pillar of the Strategic Plan (diversion) is the very reason I ran for the BOD in 2018 and I wish to continue my service. My twenty plus years of experience presiding over a certified mental health court and participating in numerous criminal justice initiatives provides me with a deep understanding of the systems and programming communities need to divert our people. Further, my training and experience enable me to assist NAMI and the communities we serve to establish mental health courts and other necessary support such as crisis intervention centers and CIT for law enforcement. Additionally, as First Vice President and as a member of the DEI Champions and Board Policy and Governance Committees I have had the opportunity to examine and implement support and opportunities for providing informed, authentic leadership for cultural equity and model justice, diversity and inclusion across the entire NAMI alliance. I wish to continue this extremely important work to fulfill our mission and live up to our values for ALL individuals and their families affected by mental illness.

I have personally helped advance the NAMI mission in my community by recognizing early in my judicial career the value of NAMI in assisting the diversion of individuals with mental illness from the criminal justice system. I invited my local NAMI affiliate, as a vital stakeholder, to participate in the development and implementation of a mental health court in 1999. That relationship continues today with a NAMI volunteer being present every week at court to reach out to individuals and their families providing advocacy, support and education. I continue to advocate for NAMI involvement as I mentor and assist other judges to implement mental health courts across the country.

Throughout my judicial career I have joined other leaders to improve the criminal justice system. For example, I have partnered with Former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Stratton in moving the multi-system Stepping Up Initiative across Ohio. This requires working with leaders in police departments, mental health public authorities, mental health provider agencies, and local NAMI affiliates to come together to divert mentally ill individuals from the criminal justice system into treatment. Additionally, I have worked in coordination with our current BOD to bring forth much needed changes across our alliance to further the mission of NAMI.

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