BDS Testimony before New York City Council Committees on Veterans and Mental Health, Disabilities and Addiction regarding Veterans Treatment Courts

In our experience, Veterans Treatment Court provides critical avenues for healing and recovery to individuals who require evidence-based treatment interventions in the community. Veterans with criminal legal system involvement have unique needs and the specialized focus is extremely helpful in reducing the long-term collateral consequences of a conviction, such as limited employment and educational options, loss of housing, deportation and loss of familial relationships. The targeted intervention of the Veterans Court also increases the likelihood of successful reintegration of veterans into community life, improves long-term treatment outcomes, and reduces the chances of re-arrest.

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