The President's Principal Military Advisor Praises Veterans Treatment Courts
Recently, Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, sent a letter to Attorney General Holder expressing his gratitude for the Department's support of Veterans Treatment Courts (VTCs). Admiral Mullen said that VTCs are making a real difference by giving veterans a second chance and improving the quality of their lives. Since the first VTC opened in 2008, these courts have been expanding rapidly, and currently there are over 60 operational VTCs in 24 states.
VTCs serve veterans struggling with addiction, serious mental illness, and/or co-occurring disorders, and they promote sobriety, recovery, and stability through a coordinated response that involves local and federal partners who can address the behavioral health treatment, housing and employment, and collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs health care networks, the Veterans' Benefits Administration, volunteer veteran mentors, and veterans and veterans' family support organizations.
Expanding the problem-solving court model to address the specific needs of veterans is having initial success and we will keep tracking progress. In 2010, BJA launched the Veterans Treatment Court Training Program to provide training for court practitionersincluding judges and service providersto respond to veteran-specific treatment needs. For more information on this and other training programs, visit www.nadcp.org.