The Loudoun County Veterans Treatment Docket Program held its first court hearing on March 7, 2023. The Veterans Treatment Docket Program is a hybrid drug and mental health docket that integrates and incorporates a coordinated treatment response for justice-involved Veterans with substance abuse and/or mental health issues with the goal of returning productive, law-abiding citizens to the community, thereby reducing recidivism and criminal justice costs.
“I am excited to be part of the cross-agency treatment team that dedicated the last two years to training, planning and developing a program that focuses on providing treatment and resources to our justice involved Veterans. The program incorporates intense supervision with personalized treatment plans. Studies show that providing appropriate treatment and resources aids in the recovery and reduces future involvement in the criminal justice system. This is a public safety win-win, both for the participants and our community,” said Loudoun County’s Commonwealth’s Attorney Buta Biberaj.
The Veterans Treatment Docket is the third specialty court approved by the Virginia Supreme Court, along with the Circuit Court’s Drug Court and the General District Court’s Mental Health Docket. The Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, The Office of the Public Defender, the Department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Services, the Community Corrections Program, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Virginia Department of Veterans Services are all part of the treatment team. Judge Debbie Welsh, Judge Lorrie Sinclair Taylor and Judge William Fitzpatrick will preside over the Veterans Treatment Docket. Through a special agreement, veterans facing charges in Loudoun’s Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court also are eligible for the program.
Biberaj stated: “We are grateful to have individuals and agencies dedicated to serving those veterans who have served us, and support them in their journey to stability and healthier lives.”
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