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Urban Native American Healing to Wellness Court Hosts First Resource Day


Seventeen agencies from across the state lined Metro Court’s 2nd Floor Jury Room on Thursday, October 4th for the first-ever Urban Native American Healing to Wellness Court Resource Day.  


The agencies in attendance offered various services for Native Americans and provided participants information ranging from education, health care, support groups, life skills training, and alternative therapy to job opportunities.


“Other specialty courts have had their own Resource Days, and we saw the need to have one specifically geared toward meeting the needs of our Native American participants,” said Judge Renée Torres, who presides over the Urban Native American Healing to Wellness Court. “Many of these services have always been available, but our participants may not have known of these agencies or have had the opportunity to connect with them.  The great thing about Resource Day is that all of these agencies are available under one roof, during the participants’ normally-scheduled court session.”


The Urban Native American Healing to Wellness Court started as a track in Metro Court’s well-known DWI Recovery Court and became its own Specialty Court in 2015 due to its success and need to serve a larger number of participants.


The Healing to Wellness Court follows the nationally-recognized Drug Court model, including best practices, and provides Native American specific healing and treatment to address the cultural and traditional needs of its participants.  The program includes many cultural components which help participants reconnect with their Native identity and restore ties to family and community. The program accepts eligible individuals who self-identify as Native American with two or more DWI convictions.  The Specialty Court’s overall goals are to rehabilitate repeat DWI offenders, provide participants with the tools to overcome their addiction, and to improve community safety.

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