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Veterans Treatment Court

Posted: 2014-07-30

NEW AT THE GENERAL DIVISION – VETERANS TREATMENT COURT

 

It is well known that the men and women who serve our country by going abroad to face combat return home with scars that are both physical and mental.  War veterans often have a difficult time adjusting to life back home and turn to drugs and alcohol to help them cope.  Inevitably, the overuse of drugs and/or alcohol will lead to involvement in the criminal justice system.  In 2013, the General Division initiated a special court to assist those veterans who are involved in criminal behavior and who also struggle with disorders due to their combat experience.

 

The Honorable Dennis J. Adkins founded Montgomery County’s first Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) and presided over its initial session on November 20, 2013.  This new court is a voluntary program that includes regular court appearances before a designated VTC judge and a treatment plan specifically designed for each veteran.  Treatment is provided through the combined efforts of the Montgomery County VTC Judge, the Probation Department, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and other community agencies.

 

The structure of the Veterans Treatment Court is separated into three phases:

 

·         Phase 1 (minimum 30 days) – The veteran’s treatment plan is developed by the veteran and a treatment team.  Together, they formulate personal achievement goals (e.g., GED completion, vocational/educational counseling, anger management, parenting skills) and treatment plan goals.

 

·         Phase 2 (minimum additional 60 days) - The veteran and treatment team will identify goals that are challenging to the veteran and focus on ways to improve reaching treatment plan goals and to reduce overall stress.  Additional goals and objectives may be added to the treatment plan goals during this phase.

 

·         Phase 3 (minimum additional 90 days) – The veteran’s ongoing recovery needs are assessed and include total abstinence from all drugs.  The focus is on problem-solving and daily living skills.  The veteran will be prepared to return to the community as a productive and responsible member of society and will help to build a stable life outside of the criminal justice system.

 

There are several factors that make a veteran eligible for our Treatment Court.  First, the veteran must plead guilty to his/her crime, thus taking responsibility for the criminal behavior.  Any veteran who pleads guilty to a 3rd, 4th, or 5th degree felony is eligible to participate in the VTC.  For those who plead guilty to a 1st or 2nd degree felony, Judge Adkins will determine, on a case-by-case basis, which veteran(s) will be permitted to participate.  In addition, a veteran can join the Treatment Court at multiple points during his/her case – at intervention in lieu of conviction, after sentencing or after a probation violation, or during sentence mitigation.

 

Treatment eligibility guidelines for admission to the Veterans Treatment Court include a diagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder or other trauma, mental health, or substance abuse disorder; a mental and emotional ability to understand the VTC guidelines and voluntarily participate; deemed eligibility by the Department of Veteran Affairs; and a willingness to engage the services provided.

 

When a veteran joins the General Division’s Treatment Court, he/she demonstrates a desire to improve his/her life.  The veteran must work closely with the treatment team to achieve their recovery goals.  The treatment team wants the veteran to succeed and provides the opportunity to develop job skills, connect to VA services, rebuild family and community ties, access benefits, engage in treatment rather than incarceration, reconnect with veteran peers, and stabilize their living situation.

 

The Montgomery County General Division is proud to participate in the Veterans Treatment Court and to provide much-needed services to those men and women who bravely and honorably serve our country every day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
     
 
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