MORE HELP FOR VETERANS!!!!!
The Veterans Administration has developed what is being called the “Veterans Justice Outreach Initiative”. According a Department of Veterans Affairs, April 30, 2009, Under Secretary for Health’s Information Letter, “The purpose of the initiative is to avoid the unnecessary criminalization of mental illness and extended incarceration among Veterans by ensuring that eligible Veterans in contact with the criminal justice system have access to Veterans Health Administration (VHA) mental health and substantive services.”
In Arkansas, the initiative is being administered through the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System. The initiative is one of many programs that is being offered.
Although the initiative does not prevent or preclude a veteran from having to face the consequences of his or her actions, it does allow a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney an additional avenue to better serve the client.
The VJO Initiative website can be accessed at http://www1.va.gov/HOMELESS/VJO.asp.
If you would like to learn more about Veterans Treatment Courts, please see the Justice for Vets site.