‘Problem-solving’ courts awarded $600K in new funding

SANTA FE (AP) – So-called “problem-solving” courts around New Mexico are receiving $600,000 in new state funding to treat mental illness and offenders’ addictions.

The Administrative Office of the Courts announced the funding, which was approved by the state Supreme Court based on recommendations made by an advisory committee that reviewed applications submitted by courts.

The Legislature appropriated the money for courts such as those focusing on drugs, DWI, family dependency and mental health.

Court officials say problem-solving courts provide a less expensive alternative to incarceration yet are more effective in reducing the rate at which offenders are rearrested.

Programs typically require counseling, drug tests and probation visits. Some of the money included in the new funding will pay for hiring additional probation officers.

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