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Specialty Courts Awarded $2 Million Grant


The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court has been awarded a new five-year, nearly $2 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to enhance seven of its Specialty Court Programs.  The grant will allow the court to offer recovery support services and recovery housing to specialty court participants for the first time. It will also provide funding for Medication-Assisted Treatment services, additional sobrietors and GPS monitors, increased access to lab-validated drug testing, and will allow the court to hire an additional case manager to coordinate services and a program specialist to oversee the grant requirements. The additional funding will also be used to enhance the Specialty Courts’ outcome evaluation process, which examines the demographics, completion rates and recidivism rates of each program.

“This is great news for our court and for the community. The additional funding will allow Metro Court to enhance and sustain its critical Specialty Court programs,” said Chief Judge Edward L. Benavidez. “From addiction to mental health, these programs get to the root of many problems that plague our community and offer participants the needed tools and treatment to overcome the challenges that often bring them into the criminal justice system. We know that Drug Courts work and are key to reducing criminal recidivism, safeguarding our community and saving taxpayer dollars.”

The grant will provide about $400,000 each year for the court’s Behavioral Health Court, Behavioral Health DWI Court, Community Veterans Court, Domestic Violence Solutions Treatment Education Program, DWI Recovery Court, Substance Abuse and Treatment Options Program and Urban Native American Healing to Wellness Court.

This latest grant comes two years after the Metropolitan Court was awarded $974,000 from SAMHSA for its Behavioral Health Court, Community Veterans Court and DWI Recovery Court.

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