Veteran’s Treatment Court
Veterans Treatment Court is a voluntary, treatment–based, diversion court program serving military veterans with mental health or substance use disorder diagnoses charged with certain misdemeanor and felony crimes. The Veterans Treatment Court program is modeled on the fundamental key components nationally recognized for Drug Courts. It integrates court and community supervision with focused medical, substance abuse and mental health service programs provided through the Veterans Administration.
Military veterans with mental health or substance use disorder diagnoses charged with certain misdemeanor and felony crimes.
Eligibility requires service in the United States Armed Forces with an Honorable or General (under Honorable Conditions) discharge. The Veterans Justice Outreach Coordinator will determine veteran eligibility. The State Attorney’s office will review the veteran’s charges and agree to the veteran’s participation. Some charges are not eligible for Veterans Treatment Court participation. Participation in the Veterans Treatment Court is voluntary. If eligible and referred, the veteran will have the opportunity to accept or decline participation.
Participants access identified treatment, counseling, supportive housing and other services. The services are contingent upon the veteran’s specific needs and treatment recommendations. Services are provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) at their facilities.
This court began in October of 2013, and has not established a maximum capacity.
There are no fees for participants in Veterans Treatment Court.
- John Velez
- Program Supervisor
- 249 West University Avenue (Rear Entrance)
- Gainesville, FL 32602
- TDD/TTY users, please call 711 (Florida Relay Service)