First implemented in Buffalo, NY, in 2008, Veterans Treatment Courts seek to connect veterans in the criminal justice system as a result of untreated mental health conditions with treatment, benefits, and support to get them back on the right track. Veterans Treatment Courts are currently operating in Brooklyn, Bronx, and Queens, and one is in the process of being established in Staten Island. There is currently no Veterans Treatment Court in Manhattan, with the exception of the Midtown Community Court, which has a Veterans Court for misdemeanors only within its catchment area. The NYC Veterans Alliance has joined other advocates and public officials in calling for standardized access to Veterans Treatment Courts across the five boroughs.
Below are the most recent posts, statements, and recommendations the NYC Veterans Alliance has made on this issue: