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FREE Implementation Training

Registration for 2021 Veterans Treatment Court Planning Initiative trainings opens October 5. Check back then for registration details.

Justice For Vets provides comprehensive implementation training for courts not yet operating, teams that may have had significant staff changes or teams that have never attended an implementation training before.

Justice For Vets staff and a cadre of treatment court practitioners work with planning teams to shape programs plans, develop policy and procedure manuals, and foster team unity.

Selected jurisdictions participate in a facilitated six-month planning process. Each jurisdiction will be required to complete pre-training worksheets, participate in pre-training webinars, attend a three-day training program, maintain routine correspondence with program staff, and submit a veterans treatment court implementation plan as well as a draft policy and procedure manual.

The three-day training will consist of sessions designed to familiarize participants with the building blocks of veterans treatment courts.

Training Topics

  • The 10 Key Components of Veterans Treatment Court
  • Development of Veterans Treatment Court Structure
  • Target Population
  • Entry Process, Program Phases, and Court Requirements
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Combat Operational Stress Reactors
  • Drug Testing
  • Responding to Participant Behavior
  • Community Supervision
  • Ethics and Confidentiality
  • Sustainability


To participate in our Implementation Training, each community must identify ten individuals representing the following disciplines to form a planning team:

  • Judge
  • Prosecutor
  • Defense counsel
  • Community treatment provider
  • Treatment court coordinator
  • Community supervision representative
  • Law enforcement
  • Evaluator/researcher
  • Veterans Justice Outreach coordinator
  • Mentor coordinator

BJA's investment in this training initiative is dependent upon active participation of all approved team members. In addition to completing the pre-training webinars, all required team members must attend the entire 3-day training program, and must work with project staff throughout the planning process to complete a number of pre- and post-training activities at their home jurisdiction.  Upon acceptance into the training program, each participating team member must commit to the following:

  • Attend a 3-day training session
  • Actively participate in all discussions and training breakouts
  • Identify an appropriate substitute if the need arises
  • Complete all homework assignments and webinars
  • Respond to all requests for information
  • Sign a letter of commitment

In addition, the coordinator must serve as the team point of contact for the training. The coordinator will ensure all relevant information is disseminated to team members in a timely fashion, respond to requests for information, and coordinate with all Justice For Vets staff and faculty.

Contact David Pelletier, Justice For Vets Project Director
[email protected]