Our program wishes to thank the following people for their support and/or generosity concerning our drug court program:
Roberto Estrada of Roberto's. On November 1st, 2006, Mr. Estrada received the 2006 New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Award. Congratulations Roberto for this wonderful award!
Curtis Rosemond of Wal-Mart.
Margarita Gutierrez of Los Compas Café .
Carlos Rosencrans of Border International Trucks in Las Cruces, NM.
Fatah Hafassa of International Delights.
Former Las Cruces Mayor Bill Mattiace and the City Council.
Viveck Dwivevi of Domino's Pizza on N. Main Street.
Peter Piper Pizza.
In October 2001 and 2002, the participants and team members of the Adult Drug Court Program participated in the National Make a Difference Day project by donating children's books to the local homeless shelter. The Dona Ana County Detention Center joined with the Adult Drug Court Program in the 2002 donation of books. In 2005 the drug court participants donated canned food items to a local food bank as the Make a Difference Day project. In 2007 the participants donated used childrens books and canned food as part of the Make a Difference Day project. They also participated in the Coats for Kids local project. We continue our tradition of community service.
In May 2004 the Adult Drug Court Team members completed the fund raising project of raising money to help the Las Cruces Police Department purchase a dog for their canine unit. This donation is the first of its kind in the nation by a drug court program team. The National Association of Drug Court Professionals' Summer 2004 newsletter also cited our donation.
Our Adult Drug Court Team is the first in the State of New Mexico to have a representative from the local detention center. In 2001 Major Cheryl Roach from the Dona Ana County Detention Center became a member of the Adult Drug Court Team. She now serves as an honorary part of the team. Lt. Patrick Howie has also joined our team.
Since 2001 the staff and Judges of the Adult Drug Court Program have served as "trainers" for other Judicial Districts which have expressed interest in operating a drug court program.
In 2010, we incorporated a “Mentor Program” for our clients. The program is voluntary, but is structured with rules and guidelines. It has proven to be beneficial, both the client as well as the mentor, in helping each maintain their sobriety. We have been fortunate to have graduated clients, willing to donate their time to serving
current clients. “Having gone through the experience” themselves, gives them special insight they are able to share.
In June 2012, the Public Defender’s Office re-joined our team. Attorney Thomas Wright has been assigned to the Adult Drug Court Program. Welcome, Thomas! It is our pleasure to have him on our team and look forward to working with him.
We are extremely appreciative of the support and collaboration we have received from Ms. Mary McMahon, Esq., with the Third Judicial District Public Defender’s Office.