The Mission of the Spokane County Veteran’s Enhanced Treatment Court is to establish and maintain a coordinated Community Response through collaborations with the Veteran’s Delivery System and the Criminal Justice system.
The Court will:
Provide a means to successfully rehabilitate veterans by diverting them from the conventional criminal justice system and providing them with the tools they need to successfully reintegrate back into the culture.
What is a Veterans Court?
Veterans Treatment Courts are hybrid Drug and Mental Health Courts that use the Drug Court model to serve veterans struggling with addiction, serious mental illness and/or co-occurring disorders. They promote sobriety, recovery and stability through a coordinated response that involves cooperation and collaboration with the traditional partners found in Drug and Mental Health Courts, with the addition of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs health care networks, the Veterans' Benefits Administration, volunteer veteran mentors and veterans and veterans' family support organizations.
Who do we serve?
A former or current member of the United States Armed Forces, Guard or Reserves. As a former member, the Veteran must have been Honorably discharged or discharged “Generally” under honorable conditions.
The Veterans Court may accept individuals with a diagnosis of PTSD, TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) or MST (Military Sexual Trauma) as a result of their military services. The Veterans Court may also accept individuals who are considered “combat” veterans* with substance use disorders. Potential candidates with a diagnosis of PTSD, TBI, or MST will be given the highest priority.
* A “Combat” veteran is defined in the Department of Veterans Affairs VHA Handbook 1601A.03 Section 3 part (f).
Criminal Case Criteria
Only those individuals whose cases are Spokane County misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor are eligible for acceptance into the Veterans court pending a review by the Veterans Court Team. The Team consists of the Judge, Prosecutor, Public Defender, Probation Officer, Veterans Court Coordinator and Veteran’s Administration staff.
Felony reductions plead in District Court may be referred to the Veterans Court for probation monitoring subject to a staffing review by the Team.
Convictions for sexual and serious violent offenses.
Pre-Screening is required for referral to VET Court.
The process is as follows:
1. Complete the Pre-Screening Form Only this form is to be used for referrals, and it is important that all information requested on the form be completed.
2. If possible, obtain a release of information (ROI).
3. Fax both forms to the VET Court team at 477-2650 attn, Tim Sigler
4. The VET Court Team will research files and databases for mental health and substance abuse information on the defendant.
5. Probation will research files, NCIC, etc. for information on the defendant.
6. The referrals will be discussed at Thursday morning staffing with the rest of the Team and the Judge.
7. At this staffing, the Team will determine whether to accept or reject the defendant requested to be transferred into VET Court based on the information assembled by the VET Court Team.
8. The determination is recorded on a spreadsheet and then distributed to the Team.
9. If a defendant is accepted into the VET Court, the Court Clerk will schedule the defendant onto the VET Court docket. An Order stating the acceptance will be filed with the court and notification is sent to the referring parties.
10. If a defendant is not accepted into the VETCourt, an Order stating the reasons for rejection is filed with the court and notification is sent to the current Judge and referring parties. Only this form is to be used for referrals, and it is important that all information requested on the form be completed.
Directions and Contact Information
Veterans Enhanced Treatment Court
(Attn. Kathy Haugland)
Public Safety Building 2nd Floor
1100 W. Mallon
Spokane, WA, 99260-0140
Phone: (509) 477-2617 FAX: (509) 477-2650
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