Veterans Treatment Court

History


Judge Kyle Atkins in the Circuit Court DIV III implemented our Veterans Treatment Court track in 2018 which was funded by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS). Then in 2022 our Veterans Treatment Court was awarded a five-year enhancement grant from the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment which is a division within the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). SAMHSA is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation and to improve the lives of individuals living with mental and substance use disorders, and their families.

Through a structured program administered by the court, eligible veterans can find stability and new purpose to be a contributor to the community. Benefits offered to assist veterans include mental health evaluation and services, alcohol/substance abuse assistance and treatment, as needed.

The court works in partnership with local, state, and federal government agencies, mental health providers, as well as veterans outreach and advocacy groups. Together we form a support system that gives eligible veterans an opportunity to address issues brought about by their military service.

Service Area

The 26th Judicial District Veterans Treatment Court serves Chester, Henderson, Madison and surrounding counties.

Mission

The 26th Judicial District Veterans Treatment Court will serve those who willingly sacrificed for our country and find themselves involved in the Criminal Justice System by providing needed treatment and services under judicial supervision in order to restore the veteran to their honored status within our community.

Qualifying Factors

  • Military Veteran (Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Space Force, or National Guard)
  • Adult (18 or older)
  • Reside in Chester, Henderson, Madison or Surrounding Counties
  • Mental Health and/or Substance Use Disorder
  • Charged or Convicted of a Felony, Misdemeanor, or Violation of Probation
  • Reliable Transportation Plan

Disqualifying Factors

  • Drug Trafficking
  • Weapons Convictions
  • Sex Offender
  • Violent Offender


Referral Process

The Judge, District Attorney, Public Defender, or a private defense attorney may refer a potential participant out of criminal court.

State Probation or Community Corrections Officers may refer offenders that they supervise.

Additionally, justice involved clients may self-refer to Veterans Treatment Court.

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    Carol Copley

    Project Manager

  2. Patricia Jared

    Treatment Coordinator

  3. Carla Croom

    Case Manager

  4. Veterans Treatment Court

    Physical Address
    318 S. Shannon Street
    Jackson, TN 38301


    Hours

    Monday - Friday
    8:30am - 4:00pm


    Judge Kyle Atkins 
    26th Judicial District Veterans Treatment Court Presiding Judge

    Madison County Criminal Justice Complex:
    515 S. Liberty St., 3rd. Floor, Jackson, TN 38301 
    731-988-304



Program Phases


Phase 1

During the first phase, all concentration is on treatment.

Phase 2-4

Help and support is given to obtain employment, services are offered through connection to community resources and participation in weekly groups. We work on creating a sober living plan.

Phase 5

Work on relapse prevention skills and aftercare plan for successful community assimilation.



Links to additional resources


Veterans Treatment Court Brochure

Veterans Treatment Court Flyer




This program was made possible by Grant Number TI085520 from the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration [SAMHSA].