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Overview

A Veterans Treatment Court/Track is located within an existing Drug Treatment or Mental Health Court. It 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 treatment and mental health courts, a Veterans Court/Track 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 treatment and mental health courts 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 Court/Track. 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, the Veterans Court/Track seeks to provide veterans with immediate and intensive intervention so that they can successfully reintegrate into civilian life.

 

 

 

 

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Contact Info

For further information on Problem-Solving Courts or if you would like to schedule a court visit, please contact the Office of Policy and Planning at: ProblemSolving@nycourts.gov


Resources

Veterans' Resources


Military Observances
April 2018

Month of the Military Child
April

Gold Star Spouses Day
April 4

Air Force Reserve Birthday
April 14

Army Reserve Birthday
April 23

 

Military Observances for 2018