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1 Mentor Courts, Training Curriculum, & Legislation Brian Clubb Project Director National Drug Court Institute

2 A Hybrid Drug and Mental Health Courts based on the successful Treatment Court Model Places Justice-Involved Veterans in appropriate treatment while under close judicial supervision Allows participants to go through the treatment court process with other Veterans Utilizes partnerships with the federal, state and local agencies, Veterans Service Organizations and mentor/peers What is a Veterans Treatment Court?

3 1.Integrates alcohol, drug treatment, mental health treatment, medical services with justice system case processing 2.Using a non-adversarial approach, prosecution and defense promote public safety while protecting participants' due process rights 3.Eligible participants are identified early and promptly placed 4.Access to a continuum of alcohol, drug, mental health and rehabilitation services 5.Abstinence is monitored by frequent alcohol and drug testing VTC Key Components

4 6.Coordinated strategy governs Court’s responses to participants' compliance 7.Ongoing judicial interaction with each Veteran is essential 8.Monitoring and evaluation measure the achievement of program goals and gauge effectiveness 9. Continuing interdisciplinary education promotes effective Court planning, implementation, and operations 10.Forging partnerships among the Veterans Administration, public agencies, and community-based organizations generates local support and enhances Court effectiveness VTC Key Components

5 Veterans Treatment Court Planning Initiative Veterans Treatment Court Curriculum Veterans Treatment Court Curriculum – Funded through BJA’s DCPI grant – Developed in conjunction with VA, GAINS, & VTC professionals – Treatment court model plus VA services, Veteran-specific trauma – Five-day long training with VTC visit – Pilot in Buffalo, Oct 10

6 Veterans Treatment Mentor Courts NDCI, in collaboration with CSAT NDCI, in collaboration with CSAT Platforms for training, technical assistance and research Platforms for training, technical assistance and research Funding for VTC team visits Funding for VTC team visits

7 Veterans Treatment Mentor Courts Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court Orange County (CA) Combat Veterans Court Orange County (CA) Combat Veterans Court Tulsa Veterans Treatment Court Tulsa Veterans Treatment Court Santa Clara County (CA) Veterans Treatment Court Santa Clara County (CA) Veterans Treatment Court

8 “Justice for Vets” The National Clearinghouse for Veterans Treatment Courts

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10 National Association of Drug Court Professionals Justice For Vets: The National Clearinghouse for Veterans Treatment Court SITREP (Situation Report) Welcome to the first addition of the Justice For Vets SITREP, a regular update on Veterans Treatment Courts. The military uses SITREPs, or Situation Reports, to keep personnel apprised of what is occurring in and around military units. Justice For Vets will use this same tool to keep you informed of important developments within the Veterans Treatment Court movement to include news, legislation, media coverage, resources, funding opportunities, special events and more. Please pass this along to anyone you feel would be interested in receiving information on Veterans Treatment Courts. All of this and much more is also available at the National Clearinghouse for Veterans Treatment Courts.www.JusticeForVets.org Below is your SITREP for 5/17/10 VA Secretary Shinseki visits the Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court On April 6, United States Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, a retired four-star general in the U.S. Army, continued his outstanding support of Veterans Treatment Courts by visiting the Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court. Click here to read about the visitClick here to read about the visit. Justice For Vets “SITREP”

11 Justice For Vets SITREP Regular update on Veterans Treatment Courts News, legislation, media coverage, resources, funding opportunities, special events Links back to JusticeForVets.org Links back to JusticeForVets.org

12 Legislation Services Education and Rehabilitation for Veterans (SERV) Services Education and Rehabilitation for Veterans (SERV) – Would provide $25 million in grants for new/existing VTCs – Violent offender language State Legislation State Legislation – Establishment of VTCs – Sentencing Mitigation – Establishment of Statewide Task Forces

13 Questions? Brian Clubb , ext. 35


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