Palmer Wellness Court
What are the benefits of the Palmer Wellness Court for Felony Offenders?
- Reduced jail time and fines
- Possible dismissal of case
- 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 Palmer Wellness Court for Felony Offenders?
The Palmer Wellness Court helps felony defendants who want to overcome a serious addiction. The Wellness Court is a jail diversion program which 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 Wellness Court if the defendant is:
- Charged with a felony drug or drug-related charge and
- Assessed as needing intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment
Entry into the Court is not automatic but is based on state prosecutor approval and treatment assessment. Contact the Wellness Court Project Coordinator (contact information below) or your defense attorney for an application form.
How does the Palmer Wellness Court work?
The Wellness Court is an intensive 12 to 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 or NA
- 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 program fees
Who is the Wellness Court Team?
The Wellness Court Team is made up of the Judge, state prosecutor, defense attorney, treatment provider, case manager/probation officer, and project coordinator. Team members support and encourage program participants while holding them accountable.
For program information, contact the Palmer Wellness Project Manager at (907) 746-8142 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Palmer Wellness Court generally meets on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at the Palmer Courthouse, 435 S. Denali, Courtroom 502, in Palmer. Judges Kari Kristiansen and David Zwink preside. The public is invited to attend. If you are interested in observing court, please call (907) 746-8142 to confirm that court in being held on its regularly scheduled day.