The mission of the Eleventh Judicial District Court’s Treatment Court Program is to provide judicial intervention, treatment, and intensive supervision to individuals who have committed criminal acts as a direct or indirect result of their mental illness. By providing this muti-disciplinary approach these individuals will become productive, sober law-abiding citizens.
Goals and Objectives
The goals and Objectives of the Eleventh Judicial District Court Treatment Court Program are as follows:
- To stabilize the Treatment Court Participant by reducing their drug and alcohol usage and maintaining medication compliance if appropriate.
- To reduce the number of program participants having new arrests while participating in the program, as well as no felony arrests following their graduation from the program.
- To increase the ability of the Treatment Court Participants to live stable, successful, productive lives within the community, through the attainment of living skills as provided by the Treatment Provider.
- For participants to demonstrate a commitment to positive change as measured by the successful completion of each Phase of the program and graduation from the Treatment Court Program.
The Treatment Court Program is a program designed around the concept of positive reinforcement and is based on a team effort for support. The program is designed in such a way that as participants make progress with their mental health condition and if applicable, their substance abuse issues, they move from stabilization in Phase One to independence when they graduate from the Program. Treatment Court is a highly supervised program in Phase One and Phase Two, and finally to a less intensive supervision program in Phase Three and Phase Four.
The Treatment Court provides court sponsored, community based treatment and supervision to selected offenders who are identified as having a Mental Health (and often times Substance Abuse) issues and who could benefit from help with managing their illness, substance abuse, education and treatment. These clients generally would have little success of completing probation if supervised under regular probation supervision.
The Treatment Court Program is a minimum one-year, four phase, adult felony and misdemeanor mental health treatment court. The treatment Court Program is a joint venture between the public and private sectors which requires cooperation and collaboration among all of the following: Judges, Prosecutors, Defense Attorneys, Probation and Parole Authorities, Other Correction Personnel, Law Enforcement, Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies, Housing Agencies, and Treatment providers.
The treatment components include: Case management services, group therapy, individual therapy, life skills training, Intensive Substance Abuse Therapy, Parenting classes and community service. Participants are also required to undergo regular urinalysis screening, meet frequently with their Treatment Court Probation Officer, and appear weekly before the Treatment Court Judge.
Currently, Chief District Court Judge Karen L. Townsend conducts Treatment Court each week on Thursday at 4:00 pm. Judge Bradford Dalley covers Treatment Court once a month as well.
The Eleventh Judicial Treatment Court Program began in 2007 with the formation of the Treatment Court Team. The first clients entered the pilot program in the summer of 2007. The mission of the Treatment Court Program (TCP) is to enable adult offenders to achieve independence in their living situation, while bringing stability to their lives and freedom from substance abuse, thereby diverting them from the New Mexico Judicial System and reducing the incidence of recidivism.
Currently, the Treatment Court Program is funded by the Eleventh Judicial District Court.
FY 2021 Stats
- Graduation Rate: 100%
- Graduate Recidivism: 20.83%
- Cost/Client/Day: $28.02