In 2009, those involved began looking at utilizing available funds to develop a therapeutic probation project Probation Accountability with Certain Enforcement (PACE). Hull said the program developed procedures for the swift, certain and parsimonious handling of probation violations. That court became part of the Palmer court system in 2010.
It took approximately five years, but in 2015, realizing the PACE program had made a notable dent in the recidivism rate, the need for a therapeutic (wellness) court was revisited. Again, Hull said, stakeholder meetings restarted with strong support from partner agencies. In April of last year, Palmer Court applied for a Bureau of Justice assistance grant which was awarded in September of 2016. The court organized and opened in March.