Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Is Calaveras County a Good Candidate for a Veterans Court - Calaveras Enterprise
In response to veterans facing charges that stem from mental illness and substance abuse, Veterans Treatment Courts are on the rise in California. There are currently 17 in the state.
Research has shown that the traditional Drug and Mental Health Courts do not always meet the needs of veterans. The veteran-court process helps catch the vets who may fall through judicial cracks, ensuring they receive the services they are entitled to as veterans, and it also transfers some of the financial strain of treatment from the county level to the federal level through the use of specific treatment programs offered through Veterans Affairs that address the specific criminogenic needs of the veteran.
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