Access to Veterans Treatment Courts, Phase 2
February 28, 2020
Veterans Treatment Courts (VTCs) serve as an alternative to incarceration for veterans with mental health or substance use issues, stop the revolving door of the prison system, and give veterans a chance to get their lives back on track.
VTCs are a proven way to address the unique needs of justice-involved veterans, lower recidivism rates, and help re-engage justice-involved veterans into society. In 2019, NYSHealth awarded Global Strategy Group (GSG) a grant to spearhead a campaign to move New York State toward universal access for veterans to VTCs. In 2020, NYSHealth awarded GSG a second grant to continue that work.
Under this grant, GSG will continue to increase awareness of and access to VTCs in New York State. It will educate policymakers about VTCs, including the Committee of Veterans’ Affairs in both the State Assembly and Senate; members who represent counties that do not have a VTC; and members who have personal connections to the military. GSG will also share stories of the benefits of VTCs through op-eds and veterans’ own narratives. Additionally, GSG will amplify its messaging through a digital campaign on the need for universal access to VTCs for New York State veterans.