A Veterans Treatment Court is a specialized type of accountability court designed to serve the special needs of veterans. It is a court-supervised program coupled with intensive treatment and supervision, directed at diverting individuals with prior military service from the traditional criminal justice framework. It is a hybrid of the current Drug and Mental Health Court models, serving veteran status individuals struggling with addiction, mental illness, trauma-related disorders such as PTSD, and/or co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders.
This is a voluntary program that includes regular court appearances before the designated Veterans Court Judge. It also involves drug and alcohol treatment, mental health treatment, community service, random drug screening tests, recovery program support meetings, educational classes (including addiction, trauma, and moral reconation therapy) and community supervision.
Veterans who elect to participate in the program must plea-in. Successful completion of the program can result in dismissal of charges, granting some graduates a clean slate. Failure to graduate results in sentencing as charged during plea-in.