Monday, April 08, 2013
Ind. Courts - "A different court for vets?"
Rebecca S. Green reports in the Sunday Fort Wayne Journal Gazette about Allen County's consideration of creating a veterans court. Some quotes from the lengthy story:
Allen County already has a number of problem-solving courts – Drug Court, administered by Superior Court Judge Fran Gull; Re-entry Court, administered by Superior Court Judge John Surbeck; and a mental health-focused Restoration Court, administered by Circuit Judge Tom Felts.
Both Restoration Court and Drug Court are beginning to see veterans with mental health and substance abuse problems come through their doors.
Gull is looking at whether a Veterans Court would fit into her Drug Court program. The few veterans who have made their way to her courtroom have shown that they face some unique challenges.
Many, Gull said, suffer from untreated PTSD, which has played into their substance abuse problem – which then led to their offense and brought them to her court.
This summer, Gull and her entire Drug Court staff will attend a national conference on drug courts and attend workshops on veterans courts.
Indiana officials encourage counties with problem-solving courts to put veterans in their own separate track, Gull said.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 8, 2013 08:51 AM
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