The New York State Unified Court System recognizes that veterans sometimes enter the criminal justice system under circumstances that may arise from their prior military service. Drug Courts and Mental Health Courts leverage tools best calculated to make a meaningful difference for court-involved veterans with substance abuse or mental health issues. Veterans Treatment Courts can help leverage the resources available to defendant veterans to help them reintegrate as successful and productive civilians.
This directory is intended to help veterans who may struggle with issues such as substance abuse, mental health issues, homelessness, and thoughts of suicide. It is also intended to aid judges and courts in identifying resources available to veterans who may appear in proceedings before them.
Mentors Programs are an essential component of all New York State Veterans’ Treatment Courts (VTC). Veteran Mentors provide peer support to VTC participants because of their unique understanding of military culture and service. This Veteran Mentor’s Handbook was designed as a guide for mentors volunteering in New York’s VTCs.