Some of the men and women who serve our military struggle with the transition to civilian life and suffer with mental health problems and substance abuse. The Kentucky Court of Justice launched its Veterans Treatment Court program in 2012 to work with these veterans.
Jefferson County opened the first VTC in the state and programs have since been implemented to assist service members in Christian, Fayette and Hardin counties. Another VTC is being planned for Northern Kentucky.
VTCs combine the principles used in Drug Court and Mental Health Court to help veterans achieve stable mental health and recover from addiction. The program provides court-supervised treatment for veterans as an alternative to incarceration and supports them with services to address the issues that contributed to their criminal behavior. These services include treatment for substance abuse and/or mental health, connection to benefits, and help with housing, employment and education.