Anchorage Municipal Wellness Court
What are the benefits of the Anchorage Municipal Wellness Court?
- Reduced jail time and fines
- Swift access to substance abuse assessments and treatment
- Assistance with housing and job search
- Safer roads and communities
- eligibility for limited license
What is the Anchorage Municipal Wellness Court?
The Anchorage Wellness Court helps misdemeanor defendants who have serious problems with alcohol and want to achieve sobriety. The Wellness Court program offers intensive substance abuse treatment and community supervision to support participants' abstinence and recovery.
Who is eligible and how do you get referred?
A defendant is eligible to be considered for the Municipal Wellness Court if the defendant is:
- Charged with a misdemeanor DUI or refusal; or other related alcohol charge
- Assessed as needing intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment
Entry into the Court is not automatic but is based on Municipal Prosecutor approval and treatment assessment. Contact the Wellness Court Project Coordinator or your defense attorney for an application form.
What does a participant in the Anchorage Municipal Wellness Court do?
The Wellness Court is an intensive 18-month program. Participants are required to:
- Attend intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment and other services as recommended
- Attend recovery support groups such as AA, NA or Na Tia Su Kan
- Attend regular compliance hearings before the Wellness Court Judge
- Attend regularly scheduled meetings with their Probation Officers
- Be employed or attend school for a minimum of 16 hours a week
- Undergo regular alcohol and drug testing
- Maintain sobriety
- Pay the program fees
Who is the Municipal Wellness Court Team?
The Municipal Wellness Court Team is made up of the Judge, Municipal Prosecutor, defense attorney, treatment provider, case manager/probation officer, and project coordinator. Team members support and encourage program participants while holding them accountable.
For further program information, contact the Anchorage Wellness Project Manager at (907) 264-0892 or by email.
The Anchorage Wellness Misdemeanor Court generally meets on Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. in Courtroom 31, Boney Courthouse, 303 K Street. Judge David Wallace presides. The public is invited to attend. If you are interested in observing court, please call (907) 264-0892 to confirm that court in being held on its regularly scheduled day.