Veterans Treatment Court provides veteran-defendants suffering from addiction, mental illness and/or co-occurring disorders with links to community-based services as well as to local, state, and federal agencies specializing in veterans' affairs. Similar to Drug Court, Veterans Treatment Court uses a team-centered approach to address the needs of veterans who find themselves involved in the criminal justice system. This approach involves the cooperation and collaboration of traditional stakeholders found in Drug Court with the addition of representatives from The United States Department of Veterans Affairs, veterans' support organizations, and peer mentors.
Peer mentors are a critical component of the Veterans Treatment Court. Peer mentors are men and women who have previously served in our military's armed forces and volunteer their time to work with veterans in the criminal justice system. By virtue of their military experience, peer mentors provide veteran-defendants with a unique source of support and motivation as they navigate through the court process. Through the use of peer mentors, judicial monitoring, coordinated services, and enhanced communication, Veterans Treatment Court seeks to provide veterans with immediate and intensive intervention so that they can successfully reintegrate into civilian life.
The Ten Key Components provides a framework for the veterans treatment court model and are essential reading for any jurisdiction interested in implementing a program. Click here to view The Ten Key Components of Veterans Treatment Courts.
Resources for Veterans and Families
Every U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in the country now has a Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) Specialist whose job is to liaise with veterans involved with the local criminal justice system. Click here to locate your local VJO here.
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