The first veterans’ treatment court was established in 2008 in Buffalo, New York, in order to respond to the unique needs of veterans whose combat-triggered problems, such as mental illness or substance abuse, have led to criminal behavior. The veterans’ court is a hybrid between a drug court and a mental health court. It uses a treatment problem-solving model rather than a traditional court model to assist veterans whose problems can be clearly traced to military service. Ohio, whose population of veterans is sixth among the 50 states, now uses veterans’ courts to help deserving war veterans who have become criminal defendants.
Veterans Treatment Courts
Commander Don Lowers is committed to expanding
Veterans Treatment Courts in Ohio.