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2014
Document 028019
Veterans Treatment Court Locations
Justice for Vets (Alexandria, VA).
This map shows the locations of veteran treatment courts throughout the United States.... Read More
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2014
Document 028021
Justice for Vets
Justice for Vets (Alexandria, VA).
This website explains the important role veterans treatment courts play in the lives of justice-involved veterans. Resources include: Resources for Court Professionals; Dispatches from the Front Line; Veteran Mentors; Mentor Court Program; Veterans Treatment Court Planning Initiative; Legislation-- pertaining to justice-involved veterans and Veterans Treatment Courts; and Studies and Statistics.... Read More
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2013
Document 028304
A Guidebook for Incarcerated Veterans in Wisconsin|Revised [edition]
Wisconsin Multi-Agency Taskforce on Incarcerated Veterans (Madison, WI).
'This booklet is a tool for Incarcerated Veterans and their families who may want access to support services that promote a better and new manner of living ' When these programs are used properly, the benefits may help to minimize the outside pressures incarcerated veterans experience when released. This guidebook addresses the process of economics, social acceptance and reestablishment for incarcerated veterans as they return to society' (p. iii). Sections of this document include: using this g... Read More
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43 pages
2013
Document 028046
Strategies for Identifying Defendants Who Are Veterans for Potential Participation in Veterans Court Programs
Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). Drug Court Clearinghouse/Technical Assistance Project (Washington, DC).
Are you looking for some ideas on how to identify potential participants for your veteran drug court? This this is a great place to start. “This FAQ presents a compilation of responses received from veterans court programs to the following question: (1) How do you identify defendants who are veterans and potentially eligible for your veterans court program? (2) Is there any systematic process that has been put in place to screen arrestees to identify those who are veterans?” Attachments to this ... Read More
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23 pages
2013
Document 028183
Responding to the Needs of Women Veterans Involved in the Criminal Justice System
By Ramirez, Rachelle; Van Dieten, Marilyn. U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJS) (Washington, DC). National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women (NRCJIW) (Silver Spring, MD).
"As criminal justice practitioners, we need to understand that the issues facing women veterans in the justice system may be complex as a result of untreated trauma, mental illness, and substance abuse, and their unique military experiences. We must better prepare ourselves to respond. This document highlights the unique experiences and needs of women veterans who become justice-involved and offers a gender and trauma informed approach that criminal justice practitioners can use to more effectiv... Read More
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16 pages
2013
Document 027331
Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery Program (JDTR)—Priority to Veterans—Resources
GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation (Rockville, MD).
This program was developed in order to combat the increasing number of veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental illnesses. If untreated, veterans experiencing such disorders are more likely to become involved with the criminal justice system. Access is provided to presentation handouts for the: Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery Webinar, New York State's Model Policies and Practices that Promote the Recruitment, Hiring, Retention, and Advancement of Peer Staff... Read More
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2013
Document 028027
York County Adult Probation Veterans Treatment Court
York County Adult Probation (York, PA).
This is a great website offering a lot of documents that may be helpful in setting up your own Veteran Treatment Court. “The Veterans Treatment Court [of York County] seeks to divert eligible veteran-defendants with substance dependency and/or mental illness that are charged with a criminal offense to a specialized criminal court docket. Veterans are identified through screening and assessments. The veterans voluntarily participate in a judicially supervised treatment plan that a team of court s... Read More
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2013
Document 027544
Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery Program—Priority to Veterans
Gains Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation (Delmar, NY).
An “increasing number of combat veterans are returning from duty overseas with as many as 17 percent developing PTSD and other mental illnesses. For many of these veterans their mental health issues will go untreated, placing them at higher risk for involvement in the justice system. In addition to this, many communities struggle with providing adequate supports to ensure that these veterans successfully reintegrate back into community life. Because of these issues and the growing number of indi... Read More
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2013
Document 026727
Veteran Treatment Courts
Points of Light. Community Blueprint (Atlanta, GA).
'VTCs [veterans treatment courts] leverage the court system to keep veterans with a diagnosis of substance abuse or a behavioral health disorder in treatment long enough to permanently change their behavior. They involve cooperation and collaboration with traditional partners found in Drug Courts, such as prosecutors, defense counsel, treatment providers, probation officers, and law enforcement personnel' (p. 1). This publication has excellent information for any agency creating its own VTC. Sec... Read More
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8 pages
2013
Document 028024
Fayette County Veteran’s Treatment Court Manual
Fayette County Adult Probation (Uniontown, PA).
This is a very good example of a Veteran’s Treatment Court Manual. “The mission of the Fayette County Veteran’s Treatment Court is to provide our Veteran’s with the opportunity to participate in rehabilitative services in order to address any mental health, substance abuse, or lifestyle issue that has occurred in correlation with their military service. A reduction in recidivism and an overall improvement in community is also hoped to be attained” (p. 1). Sections cover: ten key components of th... Read More
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30 pages
2012
Document 028300
A Re-Entry Roadmap for Veterans Incarcerated in Virginia: Re-entry Manual
By Mead, Martha Johnson, editor; Atkins, Anne Clark, editor. U. S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs. Health Care for Re-entry Veterans (HCRV) (Washington, DC); U. S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs. Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) Program (Washington, DC); Virginia Dept. of Veterans Services. Virginia Wounded Warrior Program (Richmond, VA); Virginia Dept. of Corrections (Richmond, VA).
While designed specifically for veterans returning to the community after incarceration, this manual is a good example for other states developing or revising their own veteran re-entry manuals. Sections cover: VA benefits during incarceration; getting started—Virginia Community Re-entry Initiative, Virginia department of Veterans Services, Virginia Wounded Warrior Program, healthcare, employment, financial assistance, legal assistance, women veterans, and additional services; resources availabl... Read More
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57 pages
2012
Document 026746
Volunteer Veteran Mentors Training Program
Pennsylvania Unified Judicial System (Harrisburg, PA); Robert Morris University (Moon Township, PA).
This on-line training program is designed for individuals wanting to become volunteer mentors in Veterans Courts. 'Volunteer Veteran Mentors are a key component to Veterans Courts. Shared war and combat experiences create an enduring and therapeutic trust that can be a stronger bond among returning veterans than in some cases with families and friends. The volunteer mentor develops a supportive relationship with the Veterans Court participant, acting as an advocate and ally.' Points of entry to ... Read More
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2012
Document 026754
Substance Abuse Treatment: Group Therapy Inservice Training: Based on Treatment Improvement Protocol TIP 41
Southeast Addiction Technology Transfer Center (Atlanta, GA); U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Knowledge Application Program (KAP) (Rockville, MD).
This training manual presents an 'overview of the role and efficacy of group therapy in substance abuse treatment. The goal ' [is to] describe effective types of group therapy and offer a theoretical basis for group therapy in the treatment of substance use disorders' (p. v). Modules contained in this lesson plan are: groups and substance abuse treatment; types of groups used in substance abuse treatment; criteria for the placement of clients in groups; group development and phase-specific tasks... Read More
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75 pages
2012
Document 025953
Veterans in the Criminal Justice System: Defending Conditions of the Mind
By Strutin, Ken. LLRX.com.
“Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) are two notable conditions that can result from military service. And they have become particularly important in understanding and defending veterans involved in the criminal justice system. At the same time, specialty courts and legal projects specific to veterans are gaining traction. Overall, these developments highlight the ongoing dialogue between criminal justice and medical science in fairly adjudicating the responsib... Read More
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12 pages
2012
Document 026048
Criminal Justice Veterans Initiative
New Jersey State Parole Board (xxx, NJ).
The New Jersey State Parole Board’s Criminal Justice Veterans Initiative is described. This presentation provides good direction for other agencies thinking of implementing a similar program. Topics discussed include: why implement a veteran offender initiative; 900,00 returning veterans; efforts in other places; 9% of all incarcerated individuals are veterans; veteran offender needs; criminal justice process; the process with the New Jersey Veteran Offender Initiative in place; stakeholders; NJ... Read More
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31 pages
2012
Document 026776
Hennepin County Veterans Court
Hennepin County Government Center (Minneapolis, MN).
This brochure explains: what a Veterans Court is--“A court-supervised treatment program for defendants who served in the U.S. Armed Forces”; who is eligible; entry and referral process; graduation; Veterans Court goals; Court services; cost; location; partners; and contact information. This is a great example of a brochure explaining all that a Veterans Court entails.... Read More
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2 pages
2012
Document 026734
Veterans Courts Resource Guide
National Center for State Courts (NCSC) (Williamsburg, VA).
“The first veteran’s court opened in Buffalo, N.Y. in 2008. The veteran’s court model is based on drug treatment and/or mental health treatment courts. Substance abuse or mental health treatment is offered as an alternative to incarceration. Typically, veteran mentors assist with the programs. An important issue that has to be addressed is the eligibility for veteran’s courts in terms of whether charges involving felonies or crimes of violence will be allowed. The inclusion of offenders charged... Read More
WEB
2012
Document 026733
Veterans Treatment Court Resources
Justice for Vets (Justice4Vets) (Alexandria, VA).
Information regarding Veteran Treatment Courts (VTCs) can be found on this website. 'Veteran Treatment Courts hold veterans accountable to themselves and to the community ' The Veterans Treatment Court model requires regular court appearances (a bi-weekly minimum in the early phases of the program), as well as mandatory attendance at treatment sessions and frequent and random testing for substance use (drug and/or alcohol). Veterans respond favorably to this structured environment given their p... Read More
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2012
Document 026733
Veterans Treatment Court Resources
Justice for Vets (Justice4Vets) (Alexandria, VA).
Information regarding Veteran Treatment Courts (VTCs) can be found on this website. 'Veteran Treatment Courts hold veterans accountable to themselves and to the community ' The Veterans Treatment Court model requires regular court appearances (a bi-weekly minimum in the early phases of the program), as well as mandatory attendance at treatment sessions and frequent and random testing for substance use (drug and/or alcohol). Veterans respond favorably to this structured environment given their p... Read More
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2012
Document 026733
Veterans Treatment Court Resources
Justice for Vets (Justice4Vets) (Alexandria, VA).
Information regarding Veteran Treatment Courts (VTCs) can be found on this website. 'Veteran Treatment Courts hold veterans accountable to themselves and to the community ' The Veterans Treatment Court model requires regular court appearances (a bi-weekly minimum in the early phases of the program), as well as mandatory attendance at treatment sessions and frequent and random testing for substance use (drug and/or alcohol). Veterans respond favorably to this structured environment given their p... Read More
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2012
Document 028022
Coming Home: Justice for Our Veterans
By Pelley, Scott. 60 Minutes (New York, NY).
This program shows how one community addressed the needs of its justice-involved veterans. “Two and a half million Americans have served in Iraq and Afghanistan; many of them, more than once. The VA tells us about 20 percent come home with post-traumatic stress disorder, known as PTSD. So, that comes to about 500,000. For some, returning is harder than they imagined. The suicide rate for the Army is up 15 percent over last year. For the Marines its up 28 percent. A few of our troops return to be... Read More
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13 minutes
2011
Document 024923
Jail Diversion & Trauma Recovery--Priority to Veterans
National GAINS Center (Delmar, NY).
This report explains how the “Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery Initiative has reshaped how communities and states address the behavioral health service needs of justice-involved veterans in numerous ways” (p. 1). Some of these ways include extending traditional criminal justice/behavioral health partnerships, addressing the pervasive effects of trauma, coordinating services between the Veteran Health Administration and community providers, and developing a strong presence of peers on advisory ... Read More
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5 pages
2011
Document 026492
Campaign for Youth Justice Youth Justice System Survey
GBA Strategies (Washington, DC).
The opinions of the general public regarding the juvenile justice system are determined. Topics covered are: key survey findings; focusing on rehabilitation and getting youth out of adult correctional facilities; beliefs about youth crime and the juvenile justice system; youth facilities vs. adult jails; the establishment of a minimum age to try youth in adult courts with decisions being made by judges; adult vs. juvenile court decided on a case-by-case basis; implementing key reforms to the juv... Read More
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5 pages
2011
Document 026745
Pierce County Veterans Treatment Court: Mentor Program Handbook
Pierce County Veterans Drug Court (Ellsworth, WI).
'With the increase of veterans with serious needs, comes the need for the system to develop new innovative ways of working to address these issues and needs. This is why Pierce County has developed the Pierce County Veterans Mentor Program. This program, with the help of volunteer veteran mentors, link veterans with service providers who can help treat the veteran's needs that have risen from their service. The goal of the mentor program is to provide the veteran with a positive role model who c... Read More
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53 pages
2011
Document 026745
Pierce County Veterans Treatment Court: Mentor Program Handbook
Pierce County Veterans Drug Court (Ellsworth, WI).
'With the increase of veterans with serious needs, comes the need for the system to develop new innovative ways of working to address these issues and needs. This is why Pierce County has developed the Pierce County Veterans Mentor Program. This program, with the help of volunteer veteran mentors, link veterans with service providers who can help treat the veteran's needs that have risen from their service. The goal of the mentor program is to provide the veteran with a positive role model who c... Read More
PDF
53 pages
2010
Document 024876
Law Enforcement Leader’s Guide on Combat Veterans: A Transition Guide for Veterans Beginning or Continuing Careers in Law Enforcement
U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (Washington, DC). International Association of Chiefs of Police (Alexandria, VA); U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (Washington, DC).
This guide will provide agencies with strategies for successfully integrating veterans into their organizations. Sections of this publication include: introduction; understanding today’s military; veteran officer reintegration guidance—issues common to both returning veteran officers and veteran recruits; employing veteran recruits; action agenda; training curriculum; and resources.... Read More
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36 pages
2010
Document 026730
Developing and Implementing a Veterans' Treatment Court in Michigan
Ingham County Veterans' Treatment Court (East Lansing, MI).
The creation and implementation of a Veterans’ Treatment Court (VTC) is explained and gives an excellent description of how to begin and run a VTC. “As you read through this document, keep in mind that there is no statutory formula … specifying what is required to constitute a Veterans’ Treatment Court. This is only meant to outline some of the procedures followed in developing the Ingham County Veterans’ Treatment Court, which may pertain to the creation of other such courts” (p. 4). Contents o... Read More
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45 pages
2009
Document 023699
From the Battlefront to the Homefront: Welcoming Employees Back to Work
National Institute of Corrections Academy (Aurora,CO).
The government deploys thousands of valuable corrections employees to serve the country each year. Thus, it is in the best interest of correctional agencies to be proactive in establishing programs that ease the process of deployment and the employees’ return to work. This 3-hour program, broadcast on May 13, 2009, addresses strategies to help manage the effect of these deployments on an organization by accessing existing programs and resources. Participants will be able to: raise awareness o... Read More
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