For Immediate Release
September 13, 2012
Contact: Patti McBride
Seattle Veterans Court Completes First Year of Operation
(Seattle) First established in September 2011, the Seattle Veteran’s Treatment Court at Seattle Municipal Court marks its first year of operation this month. Modeled on similar programs across the country, it has garnered significant successes over its first year through a therapeutic approach that addresses the mental health and/or substance abuse issues of the veteran defendant.
Veterans Treatment Court was created to balance the treatment needs of veteran defendants with the need to provide public safety in the surrounding community. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and substance abuse disorders are issues common to justice involved veterans. The goal of the court is to provide offenders with effective treatment and, at the same time, hold people accountable for their actions.
In just one year of operation, Seattle’s Veterans Treatment Court has made a significant impact in the lives of veteran defendants. Of the 14 veterans who opted in to the court, all 14 have received treatment through the VA. Several of these defendants have achieved long-term sobriety for the first time through their participation in the court. With over 110 hearings in the first year where the veteran was found in compliance with Veterans Treatment Court conditions, the team looks forward to another successful year.
There will be a short program and refreshments served at the end of the docket on Tuesday, September 18 commemorating the achievements of these veteran defendants. The public and media are invited to stop by courtroom 1002 at Seattle Municipal Court around 3:30pm.
Information on eligibility for this program is available at www.seattleveteranstreatmentcourt.org