Veterans Treatment Court
What is Veterans Treatment Court?
The Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) is a court-supervised program coupled with intensive treatment and supervision for misdemeanor criminal offenders. The VTC targets veterans who enter into the criminal justice system and are identified as having high treatment needs for either substance abuse or mental health issues, to include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and are at risk to re-offend without treatment and intervention. The program requires an expected 12 months of successful participation and involves the veteran working jointly with the Court, Community Supervision Officer, treatment providers, the Veterans Health Administration, Veterans Benefit Administration, veterans employment representatives, veterans service organizations, service officers, and other key team members.
What is the purpose of Veterans Treatment Court?
The VTC is designed to reduce re-arrests, promote self-sufficiency through employment and education and to help veterans remain in the community as productive and responsible members of society by diversion from prison or jail. Veterans will not be sent to jail if they comply with the conditions of the program and graduate.
Who is eligible?
- Veterans, as defined by statute as a “person who has served in the Armed Forces of the United States, a reserve component thereof or the National Guard and has been discharged.” This discharge must not be dishonorable;
- Veterans suffering from mental illness, alcohol or drug abuse or post-traumatic stress disorder, any of which appear to be from military service;
- Veterans who would benefit from an assignment to a program and has not previously been assigned to such a program;
**The District Attorney’s Office must approve for defendants charged with a violent offense.
**Eligibility is subject to staffing by the treatment team and is ultimately up to the judge.
How do I enroll?
Contact your attorney or advise the court at your initial appearance that you would like to be considered for the program. You may also contact the Court Coordinator at (702) 671-3317 for more information.