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Veterans Treatment Court

 

We believe in second chances.

Through Veterans Court, non-violent Veteran offenders have a chance to work through recovery for addiction and earn a clean slate through a diversion program similar to drug court.

Volunteers of America has partnered with the Caddo District Courts and Overton Brooks VA Medical Center to develop the program.

In many cases, Veterans crimes can be traced back to the trauma of war. War related illnesses such as Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury may contribute to increased substance abuse, domestic violence, arrests, and incarceration.

In the one-year treatment program, Veterans will be able to work out their sentence in meetings, counseling, and community service, while rebuilding relationships and independence. A peer mentor will be assigned to walk through the journey with the Veteran. The entire family is invited to be a part of the healing process. In the end, the conviction will be cleared from the Veteran’s record.

Program FAQ

Who is eligible? Veterans diagnosed substance abuse as well as mental illness, PTSD, or other trauma. Must have needs that can be addressed by the program and a willingness to participate!

Who is not eligible? Anyone with a history of serious or repetitive violence; incompetent to stand trial; sex offenders; accused of crimes in which a weapon was used.

How does a Veteran enroll? A Veteran must be referred to the Court by the VA, the Probation Officer or the DA’s Office. After evaluation, the Veteran will plead guilty to the offense and then work out his or her sentence with the court.

What is the structure of the program? The four phase program will take about a year to complete:
1. Develop treatment plan and goals with your case manager
2. Treatment – engage in counseling and taking steps to achieve stated goals
3. Community Reintegration – Examine treatment and start focusing on daily living skills as you prepare to return to the community
4. Graduation – transition to fully independent living without a criminal record

Contact

Program Coordinator Gernine Mailhes
gernine.mailhes@voanorthla.org