Larry Roberts
Fayette County Attorney

201 East Main Street
Suite 600
Lexington, KY 40507

Phone:
(859) 254-4941

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VETERANS TREATMENT COURT

The Fayette County Attorney's Office has been deeply involved in the development and implementation of a Veterans Treatment Court in Fayette County. The goal is to specifically address the issues and trauma faced by our veterans that hamper their ability to return to a productive, civilian life. The treatment agenda is individually tailored to each veteran's needs.

Veterans Treatment Court, overseen by Circuit Judge Tim Philpot, is a voluntary program that includes regular court appearances, extensive and intensive individual and group counseling sessions, random drug and alcohol testing, mental health treatment, and regular attendance at recovery/self-help meetings. It is only open to veterans who are currently in our criminal justice system. Each veteran in the program acquires a veteran mentor who can relate to the experiences that have contributed to the legal issues the veteran participant currently faces. Additionally, the program offers assistance with housing and job placement issues. The program lasts a minimum of 18 months.

Our program started as a pilot program in October, 2013. We received a full grant commitment in October, 2014. The grant allows us to accept and treat veterans who, although they have served our country, may not qualify for full veteran's benefits. The program has been extremely successful in other parts of the country and appears to be fulfilling the same reduced recidivism rates here in Fayette County.