Giving Veterans a Second Chance
What are Veterans Treatment Courts?
"Veterans Treatment Courts are hybrid Drug and Mental Health Courts that use the Drug Court model to serve veterans struggling with addiction, serious mental illness and/or co-occurring disorders. They promote sobriety, recovery and stability through a coordinated response that involves cooperation and collaboration with the traditional partners found in Drug and Mental Health Courts, with the addition of theU.S. Department of Veterans Affairs health care networks, the Veterans' Benefits Administration, volunteer veteran mentors and veterans and veterans' family support organizations."
"NADCP is working with national experts and our federal partners to help the Drug Court community
Click to download "NADCP Veterans Treatment Court Brief"
CourtReference.com info"While all problem-solving court teams include components of the criminal justice system and local service providers, Veterans Court adds Veterans Administration representatives. The V.A. provides counseling, medical evaluation and treatment, and referrals to the full array of V.A. benefits including housing, education, and jobs. In some cases, it can provide peer-to-peer counseling from other veterans."
"As with other types of problem-solving courts, candidates must pass a rigorous screening process to determine whether they are likely to benefit. Candidates who are accepted must agree to a strict schedule of court appearances in addition to intensive counseling. In some jurisdictions, successful completion of the program includes getting and keeping a job, or attending school. Length of supervision and treatment varies by court system, the severity of the offense, the severity of the underlying substance abuse or mental health problem, and the veteran’s progress in the program."
"Veterans who complete the program and do not re-offend can have the original charges reduced or dismissed. Veterans Courts can reduce the jail population and save taxpayer dollars. Much more importantly, they can help those who have served our country to deal with scars from their experience that may not be physical. Even if they can’t be entirely healed, then can at least be pointed in the right direction: away from jail, and toward treatment."
"We who work in Treatment Courts are in a position to help those who have served our country so honorably get their lives stable." -The Honorable Robert T. Russell
Links regarding Veteran Courts
Justice for Vets This site is the National Clearing House for Veteran Treatment Courts. It provides the most up to date news and resources in this subject.
National Center for State Courts (view for updates)
This link has several articles regarding Veterans courts and seems to be updated on a regular basis
Alaska Veteran Courts Defined (PDF)
The Alaska Veterans Court hearings are open to the public and are held
on alternate Tuesdays at 1:30 P.M. in the Nesbett Courthouse, 825 W. 4th Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska 99501.Anchorage Municipal Prosecutor’s Office 907-343-4350Alaska Veterans Court firstname.lastname@example.org
Idaho - currently there are no Veteran courts serving Idaho
Washington State Directory of Problem Solving Courts PDF
"Veterans Treatment Court"
"Drug Courts around the country have seen rising numbers of veterans in their programs and sought to offer specialized services to address their unique needs. The Veterans Treatment Court model use veterans as mentors to help defendants engage in treatment and counseling as well as partner with local Veterans Affairs offices to ensure that participants receive proper benefits. Veterans Treatment Courts have garnered
national media attention and widespread interest in the Drug Court field. There are currently over thirty states looking to implement a Veterans Treatment Court with many more sure to follow"
Pierce County Veterans Drug Court Court Information
Pierce County Superior Court
930 Tacoma Avenue S., Rm 334 Tacoma, WA 98402
Judge: Gary Steiner
Court Coordinator: Pamela Clouser Year of Inception: 2009
Phone: 253-798-2352 Fax: 253-798-2302
Duration of Program (Months): 12
Spokane County Veterans Court Court Information
Spokane County District Court
1100 W. Mallon Spokane, WA 99260
Assigned Judge: Vance Peterson
Court Coordinator: Sandy Manfred
Phone: 509-477-2277 Fax: 509-477-2231
Duration of Program (Months): 12-24
Thurston County Veterans Court Court Information
Thurston County District Court
2000 Lakeridge Drive SW Olympia, WA 98502
Assigned Judge: M. Brett Buckley
Court Coordinator: Marianne Clear
Phone: 360-867-2040, x 4 Fax: 360-786-5580
Duration of Program (Months): 24