To help men and women who have served, or are serving, in our armed forces, as a U.S. Department of Defense contractor, or former military member of a foreign allied country to reclaim their lives by providing access to mental health, substance abuse and other types of treatment as an alternative to traditional criminal prosecution. The program includes extensive supervision, monitoring and support to veterans while protecting public safety.
To qualify for entry into Veterans’ Treatment Court, an applicant must have served in the military or been a Department of Defense Contractor who has either a) substance abuse, 2) mental health or 3) traumatic brain injury related to their service. The applicant must also not be charged with a felony excluded by Florida Statute 948.06(8)(c).
A hearing is held to determine if an applicant meets the criteria. During that hearing, it is the duty of the State Attorney’s Office to decide whether an applicant is first eligible under the criteria and if then they are eligible whether they should be admitted. The State Attorney’s Office must weigh multiple factors, including but not limited to, the input of the victim, the input from the arresting agency, the input from the Veterans’ Treatment Court Judge, prior criminal history, the nature of the crime, service record, and likelihood of success in Veterans’ Treatment Court.
“C.U.T.” – An Important Acronym
Communication ensures participants are taking steps to improve themselves.
Urinalysis ensures that participants are maintaining sobriety.
Treatment ensures that participants are doing the work to improve themselves.
What to Expect
Veterans’ Treatment Court is a voluntary program, and no participant has a right to be admitted into the program. If an applicant is accepted, they will be asked to complete a mental health evaluation, a substance abuse evaluation, complete any and all treatment recommended, attend and complete any classes ordered by the Court, be screened for drugs and alcohol to ensure sobriety, maintain regular contact with their assigned mentor, follow all of the instructions of their probation officer, and follow all orders from the Court.
There are many expectations placed on participants and it is important to read the VETERANS TREATMENT COURT HANDBOOK to understand all of them well. It will be important for participants to refer to the handbook often to understand their obligations. You will also be able to ask your mentor any follow-up questions.
Mentors are a vital part of Veterans’ Treatment Court. Your assigned mentor is your peer and is there to help you succeed in your journey in the program. Many of our participants have suffered significant trauma during their service to our country and it helps to have someone to talk to that can understand what you’ve gone through. Our mentors are all volunteers from the community who care about their mentee’s success and go above and beyond to serve our participants.
There are three phases to Veterans’ Treatment Court: (1) Assessment and Stabilization, (2) Treatment, and (3) Aftercare. Each phase has its own criteria to be eligible to advance to the next phase and the Veterans’ Treatment Court Team will determine, after a participant meets the criteria, whether the participant is ready to move towards the next phase.
Each participant’s journey will be vastly different, even if they start the program on the same day. Some participants will need additional classes and treatment, based on their needs, and that may extend their duration in the program. Many participants graduate after a year and while some participants graduate later, there are no set dates because treatment is never about finishing fast, it is about finishing successfully.
For additional information, please contact:
Lisa Mooty – Problem-Solving Courts Manager
The Moore Justice Center
2825 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, 2nd Floor
Viera, Florida 32940
321-637-5541 – Office
321-537-5315 – Cell