Virginia's Judicial System

Veterans Treatment Docket (VTD)

Veterans Treatment Docket offers eligible defendants who are veterans of the armed services with substance use disorder and/or mental illness a specialized criminal specialty docket that is coordinated with specialized services for veterans. The veterans treatment docket model adopts many elements from the adult recovery and mental health treatment models, including frequent court appearances and individualized treatment plans. Programs offer substance use and mental health treatment to justice-involved veterans as an alternative to traditional case processing. One element of the veterans treatment court model that sets it apart from adult recovery court is the participation of veteran peer mentors. The camaraderie of fellow veterans, which taps into the unique aspects of military and veteran culture, is another distinctive component that can aid justice-involved veterans’ docket completion.

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