Veterans Treatment Court Programs


Jefferson County Veterans Treatment Court

VTC Judge: District Judge David L. Holton II
Contact: Elizabeth Nichols, Kentucky Specialty Courts Manager​
717 W. Market St.
Louisville, KY 40202
502-573-2350

When the Jefferson County Veterans Treatment Court launched in 2012, it was the first of its kind in Kentucky. With its close proximity to Fort Knox and its large urban center, Jefferson County has the largest veteran population in the commonwealth.​ The JCVTC received a federal Bureau of Justice Assistance grant to start the program.

The Administrative Office of the Courts administers the program in conjunction with the Jefferson County Drug Court program, the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office, the Robley Rex Veterans Administration Medical Center in Louisville and Seven Counties Services. Morehead State University is evaluating the program. The JCVTC team completed training through the National Drug Court Institute’s Veterans Treatment Court Planning Initiative.

Fayette County Veterans Treatment Court

VTC Judge: Family Court Judge Timothy N. Philpot
Contact: Danielle Sanders, Program Supervisor
163 W. Short St., Suite 450
Lexington, KY 40507
859-246-2501

Fayette County has the second largest population of veterans in Kentucky after Jefferson County. The FCVTC began in 2013 as a pilot project. In 2014, the Administrative Office of the Courts was awarded a federal Bureau of Justice Assistance grant to fully implement the Fayette County Veterans Treatment Court.

The AOC administers the FCVTC in conjunction with the Fayette County Drug Court program, the Fayette County Attorney’s Office, the Fayette County Department of Public Advocacy, the Lexington Veterans Administration Medical Center, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government and Metro Police Department, and the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department.

The FCVTC team has completed training through the National Drug Court Institute’s Veterans Treatment Court Planning Initiative.

Fayette County also has a Lawcare4vets program to provide pro bono assistance for veterans who are indigent. More than 85 experienced attorneys have volunteered to work with third-year law students to assist indigent veterans with civil legal matters such as evictions, foreclosures, bankruptcy and child support. Lawcare4vets started with the Veterans Task Force of the Kentucky Access to Justice Commission and is being carried out by the Fayette County Bar Association, the University of Kentucky College of Law and Legal Aid of the Bluegrass. A veteran does not have to be a VTC participant to benefit from this service.

Hardin County Veterans Treatment Court

VTC Judge: Chief District Judge Kimberly W. Shumate
Contact: Chris McMillian, Program Supervisor
114 E. Dixie Ave., Suite 200
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
270-766-5265

The Hardin County Veterans Treatment Court began in 2013 and its team completed training through the National Drug Court Institute’s Veterans Treatment Court Planning Initiative. The HCVTC received a federal Bureau of Justice Assistance grant to start the program.

The AOC administers the program in conjunction with the Hardin County Drug Court program, the Robley Rex Veterans Administration Medical Center in Louisville, the Hardin County Attorney’s Office, the Hardin County Department of Public Advocacy and local law enforcement officials. Morehead State University is evaluating the program.

Christian County Veterans Treatment Court

VTC Judge: Circuit Judge Andrew C. Self
VTC Judge: District Judge James G. Adams Jr.
Contact: Michael Walker, Veterans Treatment Court
Christian County Justice Center
100 Justice Way
Hopkinsville, KY 42240
270-889-6016

The Christian County Veterans Treatment Court began as a pilot program and accepted its first participant in 2013. Grant funding was awarded by the Bureau of justice Assistance in 2015 to fully implement the program.

The AOC administers the program in conjunction with the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Nashville, Pennyroyal Mental Health Center, the Fort Campbell military base, the Christian County commonwealth’s attorney and county attorney, the Christian County Department of Public Advocacy and local law enforcement.

Northern Kentucky Veterans Treatment Court

VTC Judge: Campbell County Circuit Judge Fred A. Stine
Contact: Chris Blake, Boone County Drug Court Program Superviso​r
Boone County Historic Courthouse
2988 Washington Square
Burlington, KY 41005
859-586-0802

The Northern Kentucky Veterans Treatment Court began in 2015 as a pilot program and was awarded a Bureau of Justice Assistance grant in 2015 to fully implement the program. The NKVTC team completed training through the National Drug Court Institute's Veterans Treatment Court Planning Initiative.

The AOC administers the program in conjunction with the Cincinnati Veterans Medical Health Center, North Key Comunity Care, Transitions Inc., the commonwealth's attorney, the county attorney and the Department of Public Advocacy.

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