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.
requires the prospective participant be a
U.S. military veteran, a member of the active or reserve United States
Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Space Force, or Coast Guard; a member
of the Florida National Guard; a current or former contractor for the
United States Department of Defense; or a current or former military
member of a foreign allied country who have been charged with a criminal
- The Veterans Justice Outreach Coordinator will verify
veteran’s eligibility. Some charges
are not eligible for Veterans Treatment Court participation. Participation
in the Veterans Treatment Court is voluntary.
State Attorney’s office will review the veteran’s charges and agree to the
- The prospective participant must reside at a distance
that allows check-ins and program requirements to be fulfilled.
eligible and referred, the veteran will have the opportunity to accept or
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 local providers
including the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), if prospective
participant qualifies for services at VA 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)