Veterans Treatment Courts
The combat and military service experience has left a growing number of veterans with mental health and substance abuse issues. One in five veterans has symptoms of a mental health disorder and one in six veterans who served in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn and Operation Inherent Resolve suffer from a substance use issue. Multiple research studies have found a link between substance use and combat-related mental illness. Left untreated, mental health disorders can directly lead to involvement in the criminal justice system. Veteran Treatment Courts help veterans suffering from substance abuse or mental health issues with early intervention & treatment through specialized dockets that treat the whole person holistically with health interventions, case management and mentorship by their peers. Each court differs in focus and scope but their goal is the same: To keep veterans out of the justice system so they can lead full and active lives.
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Supreme Court justice, local attorney emphasize veteran services
Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy visited the newly reopened office of Attorney Lindsey K. Donehue-Angler on Friday, April 13.
Justice Kennedy met with Attorney Angler to discuss Veterans Courts and Operation Legal Help Ohio. Operation Legal Help Ohio is a non-profit service that helps connect low-income service members and Veterans with volunteer lawyers willing to represent them.
“Ohio has the sixth largest veteran population in the United States,” Justice Kennedy said. “Guernsey County alone has more than 3,000.”
Akron Valor Court program earns grant funding
Valor Court, a specialized docket of the Akron Municipal Court, recently earned a $6,900 grant through Operation Legal Help Ohio - Ohio Military/Veterans Legal Assistance.
Grant dollars will go toward transportation needs of those served through Valor Court. Bus passes and gas cards will be purchased and given to defendants in Valor Court through 2018.
Funding for the grant was awarded to Operation Legal Help Ohio by the office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. After seizing assets from a sham veteran’s charity, Attorney General DeWine distributed the funds to several Ohio veterans’ organizations, including funding to Operation Legal Help Ohio to support Ohio’s veterans’ courts, funding transportation costs for veterans traveling to required appointments.
Valor Court sessions are held in the courtroom of Judge Larson, Room 943 in the Harold K. Stubbs Justice Center, on every other Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.
-Akron Legal News
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