DWI program contracts with Drug Court

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The DWI Program in Socorro County received the contract for providing treatment to DWI offenders through drug court.

“I am excited about it,” said Charlene Alfero, who made the announcement on June 28 at the program’s monthly meeting.

Drug Court, which operates parallel to traditional justice system proceedings, supervises offenders closely and for an extended period of time in an attempt to rehabilitate addicts.

The DWI program is taking the drug court treatment program over from a private contractor, said Theresa Rosales, the DWI coordinator. The contract cost $42,000, Rosales said, but the budget is stable for next year.

The transition over to the DWI program will test the coping skills of people in the program, Alfero said at the meeting.

In other news

  • The County DWI Program closed 10 cases this month, Rosales said. There are 11 new probationers in the program, which added to the already more than 300 open cases the program is already dealing with. “I give it up to our (Sheriff’s Department),” Rosales said. “I don’t think people realize what they deal with.”
  • “I am concerned about getting more members on the planning council,” said Keith Valles, chairman of the planning council and the ADA. The council is looking for two members from the community and for two youth members. They also expressed interest in having a member from N.M. Tech. “We need members,” said Delilah Walsh, a DWI council member and the county manager.
  • For the last few weeks, Peter Gonzales, of the Socorro County DWI Program, has been taking 10 to 30 participants in the program around the city in an effort to clean it up. They are currently cleaning up the cemeteries, Rosales said. Their next move is to address the graffiti in town.
  • The council announced that its Recovery Month theme for this year is “Join the Voices of Recovery” and that the festivities will be at Sedillo Park on Sept. 29, 2012, from 3 to 10 p.m. Alfero said that the council hopes to promote the idea that treatment is effective and that prevention works. According to the council, City Clerk Pat Salome waived the fees associated with renting the public space.
  • The council also expressed interest in drug testing high school athletes and will explore the issue.