The Itasca County Wellness Court — a joint effort of Itasca County, Minnesota’s 9th Judicial District and the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe to reduce drug crime and abuse — has been named one of the most innovative local government projects in the state.
The wellness court is one of 25 programs recognized by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota as recipients of its 11th annual Local Government Innovation Awards. The awardees were formally recognized at an awards ceremony and reception at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Humphrey School in Minneapolis.
The Itasca County Wellness Court is a multi-jurisdictional court that targets chronic alcohol and drug offenders. Ninth Judicial District Court Judge Korey Wahwassuck and Leech Lake Tribal Court Judge Megan Treuer preside jointly over Wellness Court hearings.