"Veterans Treatment Courts:
Exploring Operations and Issues to Inform the Future"
A webinar by the Justice Programs Office at American University
June 25, 2019
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
The Justice Programs Office’s latest webinar examines the various aspects of veterans treatment courts (VTCs). The expert panel discusses the VTC concept and its relationship to drug courts and mental health courts. It delves into the variation in the implementation of VTC programs across the United States, addressing target populations, stakeholders, services available, program requirements, and military culture. Implications of these programmatic variations are explored in conjunction with lessons learned and recommendations for the future of VTC policy, practice, and research.
- Examine the manifestation of military culture in VTC protocols and practices;
- Identify the complexities and non-uniformity of military experience;
- Distinguish similarities and differences between VTCs and the more established drug court and mental health court models;
- Recognize ways in which policies and practices vary between VTC programs;
- Recognize challenges and successes in VTC policy, operation, and research;
- Illustrate implications and lessons learned from VTC operations, successes, and challenges to date; and
- Understand future directions and needs related to VTC practices, policies, and research.
Elizabeth Brandeberry, MSc: Graduate Research Fellow, Justice Programs Office, American University.
Julie Marie Baldwin, PhD: Research Director, Justice Programs Office, American University.
John M. Gallagher, PhD: Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas.
Erika J. Brooke, PhD: Lecturer, University of Florida.
Paul A. Lucas, PhD: Assistant Professor, Appalachian State University.