Like over 100 operational Veterans Treatment Courts in the United States, the Allen County Joint Veterans Treatment Court consists of judicially-supervised court dockets that reduce correctional costs, protects community safety, and improves public welfare. Veterans Treatment Courts combine rigorous treatment and accountability for veterans facing incarceration due to charges stemming from substance abuse or mental health issues. They promote sobriety, recovery and stability through a coordinated response and the understanding that the bonds of military service and combat run deep.
Veterans Treatment Courts not only allow veterans to go through the treatment court process with other veterans who are similarly situated and have common past experiences, but links them with Veterans Affairs services uniquely designed for the distinct needs that arise from that experience. The Court will expedite access to veteran-specific resources, including benefits and treatment earned through military service, by involving the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs health care networks, the Veterans Benefits Administration, volunteer veteran mentors, and veterans and veterans family support organizations.
The Courts have reached out to many community partners, including the Veterans Administration, Veterans Justice Outreach, the Vet Center, Allen County Veterans Services, the Associated Churches, and Family Assistance Specialists with the Indiana National Guard. The judges have been delighted with the outpouring of support from these community partners, and are pleased to begin this joint initiative with them.