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.
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
Military Observances February 2020
Four Chaplains Day
National Salute to Veteran Patients
Week of February 14
Coast Guard Reserve Birthday