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Cuyahoga County Veterans Treatment Court    Printer Friendly Version


Veterans Treatment Court Overview

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The Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Veterans Treatment Court was dedicated on Friday, May 29, 2015.

The Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judges voted in fall of 2014 to create the Veterans Treatment Court. Judge Michael E. Jackson, a decorated Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War, was named to oversee the docket.

The mission driving the Veterans Treatment Court is to successfully rehabilitate veterans by diverting them from the traditional criminal justice system and providing them with the unique tools they need to lead a more productive and law-abiding life.

Many veterans have serious readjustment issues when they return home from their service, particularly combat veterans. The most serious of those issues include engaging in high risk conduct, unemployment, post-traumatic stress syndrome, traumatic brain injuries, homelessness, drugs, and crime. Studies have shown that 18% to 30% of veterans need treatment for these issues. The Veterans Treatment Court addresses these issues.

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Judge Michael E. Jackson

Under the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Veterans Treatment Court, Judges will have the discretion to transfer a veteran’s case to the Veterans Court where the program will last at least 12 months and more likely 18 months. Veterans charged with any felony that results in a sentence of probation (formally called, Community Control Sanctions) or released from prison and placed on probation may be transferred to the Veterans Treatment Court. Veterans are eligible regardless of the type a discharge. Veterans who do not qualify for VA benefits will receive comparable community services in the same manner as other defendants who presently are on probation. Veterans with a high risk of reoffending in the future and with a high degree of need of VA or community services will be admitted first into this treatment program.

Cuyahoga County has the largest veteran population in the state with 9.7%. As of December 30, 2012, the total veteran population in Ohio was 844,000, with 82,000 veterans in Cuyahoga County. Based on a recent review for a one-year period of the bookings in the Sheriff’s Department for a one-year period, the Sheriff’s Department processed 549 veterans into the criminal justice system. Presently, the Veterans Treatment Court has identified for consideration 175 veterans who are presently charged with a pending case or who have at least 12 months remaining to be served on probation

"Veterans Treatment Courts use a hybrid integration of Drug Court and Mental Health Court principles to serve military veterans, and sometimes active-duty personnel. They promote sobriety, recovery, and stability through a coordinated response that involves collaboration with the traditional partners found in Drug Courts and Mental Health Courts, as well as the Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare networks, Veterans Benefits Administration, State Departments of Veterans Affairs, volunteer veteran mentors, and organizations that support veterans and veterans’ families. (Office of National Drug Control Policy, 2010)."- The Veterans Treatment Court Mission

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Verterans Treatment Court Contact Information:

Amanda Wozniak-Woodruff, MSCSJ
Veterans Treatment Court Coordinator
P: 216.443.8484
F: 216.443.3512
VTC@cuyahogacounty.us

CC VTC Referral Form
Click Here For The Referral Form

CC VTC Volunteer Mentoring Program
Click Here For The Application

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"The mission of the Court is to provide a forum for the fair, impartial and timely resolution of civil and criminal cases."


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