The Henu Community Wellness Court is a joint-jurisdictional therapeutic court operated by the Kenaitze Indian Tribe and Alaska Court System. It is located in Kenai.
The court serves adults who face legal trouble stemming from substance use, focusing on drug and alcohol offenders – including those in families with Children in Need of Aid (CINA) cases – who reside within the tribe’s service area. Defendants charged with property crimes may also be considered if the offense stems from substance use.
The court aims to get to the root of substance use issues, offering participants resources to pursue sobriety rather than sending them directly to jail. Participants work closely with a probation officer and court team, complete frequent random drug screenings, and receive substance use treatment and mental health counseling as needed.
The court’s top priorities are:
- Treating and healing substance use
- Restoring a participant’s ties to the community
- Restoring a participant’s relationships with family and friends
- Increasing self-sufficiency
- Breaking the cycle of recidivism
- Placing children in safe homes
- Giving back to the community through volunteer efforts
Transforming lives for a healthier community.
The mission of the Henu Community Wellness Court is to support wellness and rehabilitation for those in need through a cooperative justice program to create a safe and healthy community.
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