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Veterans Treatment Court

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Summary

States can facilitate the development of Veterans Treatment Courts (VTCs) through legislation that supplements existing drug and mental health court statutes.

Key Message

The VTC program is an innovative and effective means for Veterans with mental health and/or substance addiction, to obtain treatment and services to resolve outstanding criminal offenses and stabilize their lives. VTCs show great promise to help these Service members transition back to their communities and families in a healthful and productive manner.

Statistic

One in five veterans suffers from Acute Stress Disorder (ASD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), substance abuse, or other behavioral health problems. These problems can result in homelessness, family stress and/or disintegration, and instances of criminal behavior.