As Americans, we must keep in mind the enduring debt we owe our country’s military veterans. While news accounts remind us daily of the dangers our military men and women confront in combat, the serious challenges facing our veterans when they return home, particularly substance abuse and psychological health problems, often go untreated.
Sadly, these challenges can sometimes lead to criminal or other destructive behaviors. The Justice Department’s most recent survey of prison inmates found that an estimated 60% of the 140,000 veterans in Federal and State prisons were struggling with a substance use disorder, while approximately 25% reported being under the influence of drugs at the time of their offense (click here for source)
Many of these issues can be connected to the trauma of combat and other service‐related experiences and, for this reason, require appropriate measures to address them. Bronx Veterans Treatment Court are designed to do just that, by meeting the particular needs of veterans involved in the criminal justice system.
Bronx Veterans Treatment Court seek to treat veterans suffering from a substance abuse and/or mental health disorder, while helping ensure public safety. These special courts combine rigorous treatment and personal accountability, with the goal of breaking the cycle of drug use and criminal behavior (click here for source)
Bronx Veterans Treatment Court is modeled after drug courts, which promote collaboration among the judiciary, community corrections agencies, drug treatment providers, and other community support groups. Drug courts have a remarkable track record over the course of their 20‐year history. During times of difficult economic conditions for State and local governments, drug courts still prove to be a smart, cost‐effective investment that helps put offenders on the road to recovery, effectively reducing recidivism.
Bronx Veterans Treatment Court promotes sobriety, recovery, and stability through a coordinated response involving the traditional partners found in drug courts and mental health courts, as well as the Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare networks, the Veterans Benefits Administration, State Departments of Veterans Affairs, Bronx Veterans Court Mentors, and Veterans Family Support organizations.