Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) is a VA-based behavioral health care-based program that works in collaboration with local law enforcement and courts to provide eligible Veterans the treatment they need and to prevent jail time.
The VJO process begins with identifying Veterans in the legal system. VA staff will work with the Veteran to find out if they are eligible for care. Any imprisoned Veteran that has served in the military and meets VA eligibility requirements is eligible for VJO or Veterans Justice Outreach services.
After the Veteran is determined eligible, the needs of the Veteran will be evaluated. This includes consideration for medical and mental health care, housing and substance abuse treatment.
After the court decides to require supervised treatment instead of jail time, the VA looks at what services can be offered and then links the Veteran with VA services.
Veterans Treatment Court (VTC)
The goal of Veterans Treatment Courts is to divert those with mental health issues and homelessness from the traditional justice system and to give them treatment and tools for rehabilitation and readjustment. While Veterans Treatment Court allows the Veteran to remain in the community while undergoing treatment, a judge regularly checks on the Veteran’s progress. If the Veteran fails to meet the requirements of the program — for example, if he or she fails drug screenings or disobeys court orders — the Court will impose sanctions which may include community service, fines, jail time, or transfer out of Veterans Treatment back to a traditional criminal court.
Butler County started its first VTC in the fall of 2012. Learn more here.