Veterans Treatment Court - Orange Superior Court

Collaborative Justice icon Project Name: Veterans Treatment Court
Court: Orange Superior Court
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Overview/Program Description:

Veterans Treatment Court is a dedicated criminal calendar offering therapeutic treatment instead of incarceration for military service veterans. The goal of the court is to assist veterans whose involvement in the criminal justice system is a result of problems arising from their military service-including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury, sexual trauma, substance abuse, and other psychological problems.

Veterans Treatment Court is a partnership among the superior court, the county criminal justice partners, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Long Beach Healthcare System. The program, which is at least 18-months long, includes mental health treatment; substance abuse treatment as appropriate; and connection to many social services, medical services, and housing. Each participant is also paired with a volunteer combat veteran mentor who acts as their coach, role model, and advocate, guiding the veteran through the entire program and lending support when needed. Participants also meet regularly with their probation officer and report back to court for regular progress reviews with the judge.

Program Benefits/Savings:

The public and program participants are the major beneficiaries of the program. The public benefits include increases in public safety, savings in the cost of jail and prison beds, and a reduction in recidivism; benefits for participants include improved mental stability, support for recovery from addiction, and assistance with re-integration into society.

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