To qualify for Veterans Treatment Court, an individual must:
- Be an active-duty service member, a veteran, or in the reserves or National Guard. Each court will determine what it deems an acceptable military discharge.
- Have a pending eligible misdemeanor or felony offense or be on probation or shock probated for an eligible misdemeanor or felony offense. The exclusions are felony convictions for crimes that included violence and felony sexual offenses. Crime victims may give input concerning the veteran’s admission to VTC. The VTC team makes the final determination of eligibility and acceptance.
- Be a legal resident or citizen of the United States and a resident of the county in which the VTC is located or a contiguous county.
- Be assessed as having a substance abuse disorder and/or a psychiatric disorder such as post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, depression, anxiety or other psychological or psychiatric illness.
- Express a willingness to participate and demonstrate a thorough understanding of the strict requirements of the program and the sanctions for violating those requirements.
- A judge, prosecutor, defense attorney, probation officer, pretrial officer, Veterans Justice Outreach coordinator or a VTC team member may refer a person to be considered for admission to the program.
- A referral order must be completed and signed by a Circuit Court, Family Court or District Court judge to begin the process.
- The VTC staff completes a risk and needs assessment after establishing a person’s legal and veteran status and obtaining the veteran’s criminal history.
- The VTC team then meets to decide if admission would be in the best interests of the veteran and the public.