Cobb County Government

Cobb County Veterans Accountability and Treatment Court (VTC) seeks to divert eligible veteran defendants with substance dependency and/or mental illness that are charged with criminal offenses, to a specialized criminal court. The court substitutes a treatment problem solving model for traditional court processing.

The veterans voluntarily participate in a judicially supervised treatment plan that a team of court staff, veteran health care professionals, veteran peer mentors, and health care professionals develop with the veteran. At regular status hearings, treatment plans and other conditions are periodically reviewed for appropriateness, incentives are offered to reward adherence to court conditions, and sanctions for non-adherence are handed down.

 

 

Program Description

Many veterans are known to have a warrior’s mentality and often do not address their treatment needs for physical and psychological health care. Often those who are referred to the Veterans Accountability and Treatment Court (VTC) are homeless, helpless, in despair, suffering from alcohol or drug addiction, and others have serious mental illnesses.

Program Structure

There are 4 phases to the program with varying degrees of treatment, supervision and drug screening. All participants will be expected to be randomly drug screened at least 1-2 times per week. Each veteran is financially responsible for a portion of his or her treatment at $25.00 per week.

Veteran Mentor Program

An essential part of the VTC is the addition of volunteer veteran mentors as part of the support team that encourages, guides and motivates mentees to complete the 18 month treatment program for physical, psychological and substance abuse conditions stemming from their military service.

Become a Mentor

Mentor Application Requirements

  1. Honorably discharged veteran of the US Military, National Guard, whether Active Duty or Reservist
  2. Complete volunteer mentor application
  3. Provide a copy of your DD-214
  4. Have no felony convictions
  5. Pass a criminal background check
  6. Attend two court sessions prior to receiving your veteran mentee