Program Budget Overview
Overview of Program & Intended Outcomes:
“Case Management” includes a variety of functions that comprise the core work of the court. Relevant to this budget item, Homeless Navigation and Probation staff monitor compliance with judicial orders regarding municipal violations that most affect the community, and process cases for defendants at in-custody sessions at the Boulder County jail. The court thus uses citations as an opportunity to engage with those currently unhoused.
For 2023, the court requests an enhancement to its Community Court program to augment services for the unhoused. This enhancement will allow the court to reduce quality-of-life violations by tailoring criminal sanctions to the offender's individual needs and addressing barriers to sustainable housing. This equitable approach has proven to address community concerns. As a result, offenders are held accountable in a way that both serves the community's need for safe and welcoming public places and the offender's individual needs. In addition, by working toward housing this underserved and high acuity population, we remove barriers that often contribute directly to an individual being homeless. The court has used federal grant funds to support its Community Court initiative, with unprecedented success in engaging service-resistant individuals, addressing their violations in court, and assisting them in navigating the complex path toward housing. Grant funding is coming to an end.
To continue this successful program, Municipal Court will do three things:
- Hire two full-time employees
- Community Court Coordinator: manage day-to-day operations, outreach and engagement with service provider partners and the community at large, ongoing evaluation and continuous improvement;
- Court Technician: implement new case management system, collect and analyze data;
Provide low-barrier mental health and substance abuse treatment; and
Maintain a shareable case management system with Housing and Human Services, City Attorney’s Office, enforcement agencies, and homeless service providers.
Ideally, there will be a reduction in quality-of-life violations. Another intended outcome is to increase the community’s feeling of safety and security. The program’s design is to increase compliance with alternative judicial sanctions and promote individual accountability. The most important performance indicator will be how well we assist the most vulnerable and service-resistant violators in preparing for, accessing, and maintaining housing. Finally, the program reduces barriers to attending court and, as a result, will decrease warrants issued for failure to appear.
- Continue and expand current programming; refine mechanisms for joint case management among provider agencies; cultivate connections to new service providers.
- Contract with a new housing provider to offer temporary accommodations for qualified individuals engaging with Community Court (most will have been matched with a housing resource and pending move-in).
- Identify new substance use and behavioral health treatment provider(s) to offer low-barrier treatment for individuals engaging with Community Court, possibly to include MAT (Medication Assisted Therapy).
- Implement shareable case management system that will incorporate by-name lists from a variety of sources and facilitate a coordinated, non-duplicative community response to individuals experiencing homelessness.
- Animal Code
- Code Violations
- General Code Violations
- Parking Violations
- Photo Rader
This program team interviews, investigates, counsels, and refers clients for probation. They supervise and monitor defendants post-sentencing and liaison with service providers. In addition, the probation team is a resource for defendants who need assistance complying with court orders.
MC Animal Code
This program manages violations involving responses to vicious or stray animals, nuisance complaints, injured or ill animals, reports of cruelty or neglect, and other animal-related issues. The program helps to promote responsible pet guardianship through education, mediation, and enforcement.
MC General Code Violations
This program manages violations involving general code offenses within the city limits. Examples of general code violations include prohibited camping, underage drinking, and noise complaints.
MC Photo Radar
This program manages violations of the city’s photo radar enforcement program. The program uses enforcement devices, including photo radar and red-light cameras, to improve traffic safety, prevent crashes, and save lives.
Traffic Code Violations
This program manages violations involving traffic code offenses within the city limits. Examples of traffic code violations include speeding and expired registration. Most traffic code violations are also applicable to bicyclists.
MC Parking Violations
This program manages violations involving parking code offenses within the city limits. Most parking code violations include not paying for parking or parking where prohibited.