An estimated 60% of incarcerated veterans struggle with a substance use disorder. These veterans have complex needs that must be addressed with appropriate services and through a special problem-solving court. However, at times, veterans may not be eligible for specialty courts due to the lack of having a felony charge or having an other-than-honorable discharge.
Address all veterans’ complex needs through peer services, trained case management, and psychological evaluations, no matter their discharge.
How We Do it:
Brooklyn Misdemeanor Veterans Treatment Court provides in-depth assessments, screenings, case management, and connections to community-based services for veteran misdemeanants. Regardless of their discharge status, they are connected to the substance abuse, mental health, housing, and health care services they need. For program participants with a history of trauma and/or substance abuse, the evidence-based practice Seeking Safety is implemented. In addition, the veterans have access to same-day, on-site neuropsychological assessments, in-depth trauma screenings, and peer mentoring.
The Outcomes of Brooklyn Misdemeanor Veterans Treatment Court
Brooklyn Misdemeanor Veterans Treatment Court reduces the negative impact that service-related trauma has on veterans, and subsequently on the community. By addressing veterans’ specific needs in an individualized and dignified manner, the program restores individuals to health and happines by treating them in a holistic way that honors their contributions.