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.