The Behavioral Health DWI Court began admitting participants in May of 2016.
The Hon. Vidalia Chavez is the presiding judge and leads a multidisciplinary team consisting of an assistant district attorney, public defender, probation officer, and counselor. This team coordinates services with community service providers. To be eligible, adults must have been charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated (DWI) offenses filed in the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court, volunteer to join the Court, and have a diagnosis of a co-occurring substance use disorder and mental illness, or be developmentally disabled. Participants meet with the judge for status hearings on a regular basis, undergo frequent and random drug and alcohol testing, meet with an assigned probation officer, and engage satisfactorily in treatment. Other conditions are imposed to assist the participants with achieving sustained sobriety and a reduction in symptoms of mental illness. A primary goal of the Behavioral Health DWI Court is to enhance public safety through eliminating future instances of impaired driving.
Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Metropolitan Court Probation Division at (505) 938-4236.