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.
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.
January 2017: On Jan. 27, Tulsa COURTS program had 75 program participants – the largest graduating class the program has seen since its inception in 2001. A total of 12 graduates represented the Veterans docket.
January 2017: VTC Graduate Experiencing Great Success One Year Later
Deric Baser graduated from Tulsa County VTC in January 2016 after serving in the U.S. Army from 2006 to 2012, including a deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan as an infantryman. Baser entered VTC in 2013 at age 26. During the program, he was able to regain his sobriety, repair relationships with family, start working and even launch his own business at the time of his VTC graduation. In January 2017, one year later, Tammy Westcott, VTC Program Director, received this update from District Judge Rebecca Nightingale: “Deric Baser just dropped by to visit me. Deric started his own company around graduation time and has been operating about a year. The company just merged with another company and he is experiencing success. Thank you to the [VTC] team who served Deric Baser. The patience it took for him to work out his addiction issues was all worth it. Deric’s success is why you all work so hard.”
In 2016, 46 veterans graduated from our program.
December 2016: VTC hosted a Holiday MRE for court participants, their families and many of their community supporters at the American Legion Post 1.
November 2016: VTC and CSC’s BRRX4VETS teams jointly participated in the 97th Annual Tulsa Veteran’s Day Parade, wheeling a house-shaped float and heralding a “Helping Homeless Veterans Home” banner.
November 2016: Tulsa COURTS Program initiated a twice/month Perishable Food Distribution Day for program participants to receive a free bag of fruit, vegetables and bread.
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.