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Outreach Court Hosts Community Provider Summit

05/03/2019

As part of the program’s recent restructuring, Metro Court’s Outreach Court invited community providers from across Albuquerque to take part in its renewed efforts to end the cycle of homelessness.  The May 3rd Community Provider Summit was held to connect service providers with the Court and to provide a process in which the agencies will now serve as the gateway for participants to enter the program. 

“Since many homeless individuals receive services from a community provider, it just makes sense for the provider to come to us if the individual is being held back because of a warrant or a pending misdemeanor case,” said Presiding Program Judge Maria I. Dominguez. 

The summit kicked off with a presentation from Steve Binder, founder of the nation’s first ever homeless court in San Diego and Special Advisor for the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Commission on Homelessness and Poverty.  Mr. Binder and Judge Dominguez explained how Outreach Court will follow the ABA’s seven guiding principles for Homeless Courts, which includes recognizing homeless participants’ voluntary efforts to improve their lives and move from the streets toward self-sufficiency. 

Outreach Court provides a progressive diversionary program, allowing alternative resolutions in lieu of custody, fines, and fees for most misdemeanor charges. Participants may engage in life skills activities, substance abuse group meetings, literacy classes, and training, or search for employment, counseling, and programming aimed at improving their situations under the guidance of their community provider.  The Court acknowledges these endeavors in order to satisfy the Court’s requirements.

Representatives from more than 30 different agencies attended the summit. 

For more information on Outreach Court, please click here.

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