Veterans Treatment Court

Providing Addiction Recovery and Mental Health Support

The Veterans Treatment Court helps those who served our nation and who have been charged with a criminal offense and also struggle with drug and/or alcohol addictions, and/or mental health problems. Veterans Treatment Court is modeled after specialty drug courts, such as the one Community Service Council helped to create in Tulsa, which have proven to be effective in handling criminal cases of substance abusers, restoring lives and preventing future arrests.

The need for a special docket for veterans became clear after 158 veterans were arrested in Tulsa County in October 2008. In December 2008, Tulsa became the first Veterans Treatment Court in Oklahoma and the third in the U.S.

News & Highlights

Tulsa COURTS Program graduations are the last Friday of January, April, July, and October at 10:00 am at OSU Tulsa. 

Veterans Treatment Court Mentor Trainings occur every 3rd Thursday of the month facilitated by Tammy Westcott, Program Director for Tulsa COURTS Program, at Fellowship Lutheran Church, 6727 S. Sheridan. Contact Tammy to attend.

Current Priorities

Educating the community on veteran issues such as PTSD and TBI
Linking participants to community veteran mentors
Provide support and services so veterans involved in the criminal justice system are returned to productive citizenship
Training courts from across the country on implementing or improving a veterans court in their jurisdiction

Additionally, in November 2016, CSC’s Tulsa COURTS Team members stood in the shoes of our program participants to learn what it takes for them to meet our requirements, in that many rely on the Tulsa Transit system to get to treatment, court, the lab, and supervision appointments. Team members took public transit to these locations, and debriefed afterward on the experience, leading to new ways to support participants in navigating the transit system, and creating a a deeper understanding of the realities that our participants face daily.

OUR IMPACT AT A GLANCE >


VTC completion rate is a strong 89%, totaling 170 veterans who have successfully completed the program, with 100 justice-involved veterans participating at any given time.


 

Our Work

  • Connecting vets with resources and benefits they’ve earned
  • Restoring honor and reconnecting vets
  • Matching vets with local volunteer veteran mentors

 

Our Partners

  • Action Steps Counseling
  • Court Services
  • Human Skills and Resources
  • NADCP/Justice for Vets
  • ODMHSAS
  • The Vet Center
  • Veterans Affairs

For More Information

Tammy Westcott
Incarceration Reduction Division Director

918.588.8401
info@tulsadrugcourt.com

This initiative aligns with CSC’s overall strategic plan.  Learn More

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