ONDCP Director Hails Veterans Treatment Courts

On Thursday, May 30, Justice For Vets convened a roundtable discussion with White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs General Council Will Gunn and several past and present Veterans Treatment Court participants. A veteran himself, Director Kerlikowske reiterated the Administration’s support for Veterans Treatment Courts and discussed their critical role in diverting veterans suffering from substance abuse and mental health issues from incarceration while providing them with the treatment they have earned.  

l-r: ONDCP Gil Kerlikowske and VA General Counsel Will Gunn discuss Veterans Treatment Courts.


The discussion gave veterans who have been involved in the criminal justice system following their service the opportunity to voice their concerns. Justice For Vets Director Matt Stiner called the discussion an invaluable opportunity to bring together federal leaders and talk openly and honestly about the struggles some veterans face and the need for the rapid expansion of Veterans Treatment Courts.

Following the discussion, Director Kerlikowske authored an essay outlining ONDCP’s support for Veterans Treatment Courts.

 

2012 White House National Drug Control Strategy

 

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) 2012 National Drug Control Strategy highlights Veterans Treatment Courts as effective programs that “combine rigorous treatment and personal accountability to address the underlying substance abuse disorder and mental health issues of justice-involved veterans.”  In addition, the Strategy commends Justice For Vets' Veterans Treatment Court Planning Initiative “which provides new courts with important standards and best practices.”

Download the 2012 National Drug Control Strategy