What is a Veterans Treatment Court?
Veterans Treatment Courts are specialized court systems built for soldiers and veterans who find themselves involved in the judicial system. VTCs are a combination of drug court and mental health court. Participants have substance abuse and/or mental health issues. Veterans Treatment Court guides these individuals toward resources to improve their mental, physical, emotional, and financial standing. At the end of the program participants may be eligible to have their charges dismissed, nolled, or reduced. It is our goal to restore self worth and plant the seeds for life long sobriety. Many of our team members and supporters are veterans themselves. We recognize the difficulties facing our military and truly want to help.
How do I get involved in the VTC?
Ask your attorney if you are eligible to apply. If so, they will explain program requirements and how your charges will possibly be handled upon completion. Attorneys must complete an application to include specific documents necessary for their client to be considered. Your attorney, or if you are an attorney, should reference the Attorney page to learn more.
Will it cost me anything to join?
MCVTC has no associated costs. Any pending fines or court costs related to charge/s are not a part of the MCVTC.
What are the benefits of joining?
Sometimes it takes the harsh reality of facing jail time, expensive court costs, and extreme stress to make one realize that something needs to change. It comes as a surprise to many when they see other soldiers and veterans struggling with the same issues they face. Here at the Veterans Treatment Court we understand the stress that a military lifestyle can have on relationships and the struggles of transition to civilian life.
Our program is designed to address those issues and prepare participants to deal with them outside of the program. We direct each person toward the resources that apply to their needs. We tailor program paths to the underlying issues that lead them to their involvement in the court. As a participant you can expect to be a part of something that fits you.
You will almost certainly leave the program with a new understanding of yourself. On top of that, the charges that you entered with will be addressed and, depending on the circumstances, may be reduced or dismissed.
What is a SCRAM device and do I have to have one?
A SCRAM (Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring) is a portable device provide by the court to all participants to constantly monitor their alcohol intake. SCRAM RBs or Remote Breath devices are required for all participants during phase I & II of the program . This particular form of alcohol monitoring requires the user to blow into the device which records their blood alcohol level, location, and an image of the user's face. Some participants may be required to wear a SCRAM CAM or Continuous Alcohol Monitoring. This is an ankle monitor that is constantly worn and provides continuous monitoring through direct skin contact.
What should I do if I am having SCRAM issues?
Contact your case manager immediately if you are experiencing any issues with your SCRAM device. If it is a weekend or holiday, leave a message with your case manager and contact your mentor immediately to explain and document the situation. It is important that you self report so that something does not come up later that reflects poorly on your SCRAM record. If your device starts working again, self-initiate a test. If you are experiencing technical difficulties, bring the device to your case manager as soon as possible to be issued a new one. Remember to charge your device and keep it safe.
How do I get to the VTC?
The Montgomery County Court Complex is located in downtown Clarksville at 2 Millennium Plaza. VTC takes place on the second floor in DIV I courtroom ( last courtroom on the right, Rm 210). Group and case management appointments are held in the Montgomery County Bar Association Room (Room 224). If you were to use the stairs it is the first hallway on your right through the double doors.
Meter parking is free for the first hour. There is free parking in the First Baptist lot on Hiter Street, across from MediaWorks.
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