State Agency Press Release – From Administrative Office of the Courts of New Mexico

May 2-3, 2024

SANTA FE – The Administrative Office of the Courts Department for Therapeutic Justice is hosting the NM Alumni Summit beginning at 8:00 a.m., this morning, May 2, 2024 at the Santa Ana Resort & Casino. 

More than 150 treatment court graduates statewide are expected to attend the summit, which is tailored to provide professional development, share testimonials, and reinforce for graduates the importance and power of their lived experiences and successes as alumni.  

“Since 1995, nearly 14,000 people have successfully graduated from treatment court programs in New Mexico,” said New Mexico Supreme Court Chief Justice David K. Thomson. “Alumni who share their lived experiences and successes with peers and people in treatment court programs improve their lives, the lives of others, and their communities.”

New Mexico Treatment Courts, also traditionally known as Problem Solving Courts or Drug Courts, are overseen by a multidisciplinary team of professionals who treat justice-involved individuals with substance use and/or mental health conditions. They offer individuals the opportunity to enter long-term substance abuse treatment with court supervision rather than receiving a jail sentence. The intensive program requires participants to maintain recovery and take responsibilities to work towards lifestyle changes.

New Mexico has 57 treatment courts in 12 of the 13 Judicial Districts, serving 28 of 33 counties. New Mexico Treatment Courts include: Adult, Young Adult, Juvenile, Family Dependency, Domestic/Family Violence, Veterans, DWI, Mental/Behavioral Health, and the Urban Native American Healing to Wellness Court.