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Veterans Treatment Dockets (VTD)

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Veterans dockets offer eligible defendants who are veterans of the armed services with substance dependency or mental illness a specialized criminal specialty docket that is coordinated with specialized services for veterans. The veterans treatment court model adopts many elements from the adult drug and mental health treatment court models, including frequent court appearances and individualized treatment plans. Programs offer substance use and mental health treatment to justice-involved veterans as an alternative to traditional case processing. They also often include alternatives to incarceration, case dismissal, reduction in charges, and reduction in supervision. One element of the veterans treatment court model that sets it apart from adult drug treatment court is the participation of veteran peer mentors. The camaraderie of fellow veterans, which taps into the unique aspects of military and veteran culture, is another distinctive component that can aid justice-involved veterans’ program completion.

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