The first Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) was established in Buffalo, New York in 2008. Since then, over 300 VTCs have been established across the country. Building upon the success of drug courts and other problem-solving courts (e.g., mental health courts, DUI courts, family courts, etc.), VTCs were created to address the specific needs of veterans involved in the criminal justice system and assist them in navigating the resources available through the Department of Veterans Affairs.
In 2015, the Justice Programs Office, a Center at American University’s School of Public Affairs, conducted a survey to provide a closer look into Veterans Treatment Courts. This survey was developed to provide a snapshot of the range of policies, practices, and services in operating VTC programs. The resulting report on this project, Veterans Treatment Courts: 2015 Survey Results, provides a view into these emerging courts. The webinar will discuss key findings and their implications for policy and practice. This report was completed as part of our work funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA) Adult Drug Court Technical Assistance Project.
Kerwin Henderson and Monica Fuhrmann, JPO Program Associates, presented on the results of this survey during an interactive webinar on December 13, 2016.
A recording of this webinar is available to view on our YouTube channel as a video.