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The Judiciary, State of Hawaii

Cause Area

  • Justice & Legal
  • Veterans & Military Families

Location

777 Punchbowl StreetHonolulu, HI 96813 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The mission of the Veterans Treatment Court is to help veterans in the judicial system build positive, constructive lives while holding them accountable for their conduct. The VTC will do this through partnerships that provide holistic assistance and treatment resulting in reduction of criminality. This mission is on recognition of our veterans’ service to our Nation, and for the sacrifices they have made for the freedom we enjoy as American citizens. The mission of the Veterans Treatment Court Mentor program is to ensure that each participant in the Veterans Treatment Court is matched with the necessary supports. Through volunteer mentors, the program will be able to provide the opportunity to build valuable relationships to assist the veteran in navigating the system by acting as a friend and ally as they work their way through recovery and reintegration.

Description

Veterans Treatment Court began in the First Circuit (Honolulu) in 2013. The defendants selected to participate in Veterans Treatment Court have all served in the U.S. Armed Forces and have experienced difficulties acclimating back into society. Many have mental health issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder, and the majority struggle with substance abuse as well.

The Veterans Treatment Court takes a holistic approach to help provide the resources and treatment these veterans need to get healthy, get employed, and return to being law-abiding citizens so they can enjoy the freedoms they fought to protect. Judge Matthew J. Viola and his team partner with staff from U.S. Vets and Salvation Army Addiction Treatment Services so the defendants can be evaluated and treated for mental health and substance abuse. In addition, the Court helps these defendants find housing and get job training.

The defendants are also paired with volunteer veteran mentors, who have an understanding of the difficulties these men and women are facing and help support them through the process of recovery.

While under the Court’s supervision, these veterans must undergo urine analysis on a regular basis and are required to report to Veterans Treatment Court every Tuesday at 2 p.m., unless otherwise directed by the judge. If the defendant violates the terms of the program or his or her probation, then he or she is subject to immediate consequences and jail time to ensure accountability.

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