The Willis Cruse House is actively participating in the efforts of bringing Veterans Court to Helena. Numerous agencies are working together to establish the Vet Court Team as well as the program, based on best practices of other Veteran Courts in Montana.
Veterans Court is a collaborative process that includes the prosecutor, defense counsel, Judge, the Department of Veteran Affairs, Mental health professionals, case managers, Employment services and other community based support organizations. The individual utilizing the Vet Court System is also assigned a Veteran mentor, to support and guide them through the process. The goal of Veterans Court is to rehabilitate and restore veterans as active, contributing members of their community.
The Veterans Court program focuses on veterans who are currently in, or entering, the Criminal Justice System. The Court creates and supervises treatment plans to address the underlying causes of the veteran’s behavior and substance abuse issues. Issues commonly addressed by the treatment programs include:
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Anger Issues
- Domestic Violence
- Alcohol Abuse
- Drug Abuse
By focusing on the root problems that contribute to involvement with the criminal justice system and providing specific rehabilitation programs, the Veterans Court provides an opportunity for the veteran to return to the community in a more advantageous and beneficial manner.