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Metro Court’s Homeless Court Program Receives $190,000

05/17/2016


Program Judge R. John Duran presides over Homeless Court at St. Martin’s Hospitality Center.

Metro Court is pleased to announce that its Homeless Court Program has received $190,000 from the City Of Albuquerque.  The funds were approved as part of the City’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget.  Metro Court requested the funds to improve the operations of its Homeless Court; a program that helps individuals without permanent addresses resolve their misdemeanor charges and connect them with various services exclusively through St. Martin’s Hospitality Center. 

Since taking over the Program in February of 2015, Judge John Duran saw a need to improve the services.  “Often, defendants are placed on waiting lists for healthcare services, housing services, and/or drug rehabilitation treatment, which could take months.  These much needed funds from the City will allow for a more streamlined process in getting these folks the help they need,” said Duran.   

The additional money will be used to address these critical gaps in services which will help prevent relapse, improve retention rates, reduce recidivism rates and promote sustained recovery.  Homeless Court plans to enhance court operations, court and/or supervision services, and recovery support services by:

·       Expanding access to psychiatric services

·       Expanding services for Medication Assisted Treatment

·       Expanding case management services for participants by adding one full time case manager

·       Expanding access to emergency housing for clients

“This will also allow us to monitor individuals more closely, thereby reducing recidivism.  That means less money spent on police officers dealing with these individuals on the street, a reduction of the jail population and more importantly, the creation of productive members of our community,” added Duran.

 

 

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