Veterans Treatment Court

What is a Veterans Treatment Court?

Most veterans are strengthened by their military service, but the combat experience has unfortunately left a growing number of veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. One in five veterans has symptoms of a mental health disorder or cognitive impairment. One in six veterans who served in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom suffer from a substance abuse issue. Research continues to draw a link between substance abuse and combat–related mental illness. Left untreated, mental health disorders common among veterans can directly lead to involvement in the criminal justice system.

Veterans Treatment Court Model

Veterans Treatment Courts use a hybrid integration of Drug Court and Mental Health Court principles to serve military veterans, and sometimes active-duty personnel. They promote sobriety, recovery, and stability through a coordinated response that involves collaboration with the traditional partners found in Drug Courts and Mental Health Courts, as well as the Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare networks, Veterans Benefits Administration, State Departments of Veterans Affairs, volunteer veteran mentors, and organizations that support veterans and veterans’ families (Office of National Drug Control Policy, 2010).

There are three Veterans Treatment Courts in Oregon. Visit Klamath County VTC and Marion County VTC for program examples.

Click a county to contact a VTC Coordinator
Klamath County

Lane County
Marion County

Helpful links:

Justice for Vets

SAMSHA Veterans and Military Families

Nation Center for Courts- State Links for Veterans Courts

White House.gov- Office of National Drug Control Policy: Veterans Treatment Courts

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