Our Mission Statement

To protect the public and to reduce unnecessary incarceration.

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Partners for Progress was established in 1998. In 1999 we collaborated with Alaska District Court Judge Jim Wanamaker and the Municipality of Anchorage to start Alaska’s first therapeutic court for substance abusing offenders, the Anchorage Wellness Court.

Since then we have coordinated with the Court System, legislators, and state administrators to assist with the development and maintenance of therapeutic courts in Anchorage, Bethel, Juneau, Ketchikan, Palmer and Fairbanks.  

We are governed by a Board of Directors based in Anchorage.  The Partners for Progress Advisory Council includes community and state leaders from across Alaska.


Therapeutic courts in the Alaska Court System  currently include felony drug courts, felony and misdemeanor DUI courts, veterans’ courts, mental health courts, juvenile treatment courts, family reunification/preservation courts.

What is a therapeutic court?

The therapeutic court is an alternative justice model that presents an offender with the option to participate in a closely monitored treatment program in lieu of jail time. The terms therapeutic court, wellness court and problem-solving courts are now often used interchangeably.

You can find the standard elements for Drug and DUI courts in the 10 Key Components of Therapeutic Courts developed by the National Drug Court Institute. Partners for Progress fulfills the "community based organization" component by generating community support and providing flexible services to the therapeutic courts for the success of their participants.