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Veterans Treatment Court (VTC)


The VTC is a voluntary court-monitored long-term therapeutic treatment program that addresses the mental health and and/or substance abuse issues of the veteran defendant. SMC VTC is a collaboration between Seattle Municipal Court, Seattle City Attorney's Office, King County Department of Public Defense, King County Department of Community and Human Services, Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Through the combination of structured support provided by the Court, and healthcare and other social service resources provided by the Federal and State Departments of Veterans Affairs, the City expects to see a reduction in recidivism and an increase in veterans accessing needed services from the VA and community-based providers.


Defendants participating in VTC will receive assistance establishing VA benefits, which include:

  • Mental Health Treatment
  • Chemical Dependency Treatment
  • General Healthcare
  • Housing


VTC Eligibility Flowchart

Veteran - A former member of the United States Armed Forces who has been discharged either Honorably or Generally under honorable conditions with at least two years of active duty service. Participants must be eligible for VA Health Care Services.

Clinical Criteria - at least one of the following:

  • Axis I diagnosis (as identified in the DSM-IV-TR)*.
  • Substance Use Disorder

As well as:

  • Nexus between mental health diagnosis and criminal charge
  • Amenability - motivated to make lifestyle change

*Veterans with major mental illnesses may be deemed ineligible and more appropriately referred to MHC.


Court Calendar

Veterans Treatment Court is held on the 2nd & 4th Monday, 1:30 p.m., Courtroom 1101.

Referral Process


Requests to enter this program should be made in writing to
VeteransTreatmentCourt_Team @Seattle.Gov using the designated referral forms below. All documents are in .pdf format.




Meet the Team

Contact Information

Seattle Veterans Treatment Court

Josh Sattler, Chief Clerk
    Veterans Treatment Court
600 5th Ave
PO Box 34987
Seattle, Wa 98104-4987

Contact us via email

TTY phone: 206-684-5210
FAX: 206-233-0056

Our email address is   Our Phone number is 206-684-5682