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Veterans Treatment Courts

Helping Veterans at Home

Veterans Treatment Courts are a relatively new type of hybrid Drug/Mental Health Court that employ the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) Specialty Court model in order to serve a growing population: U.S. Military Veterans who are locked in a cycle of criminal behavior, homelessness, and unemployment driven by their combat-related mental health and addiction disorders.

Working in cooperation with federal, state, and local veterans outreach programs, these unique courts are making our communities safer while restoring dignity to our Veterans on the home front.

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SCRAM in Veterans Treatment Courts

SCRAM Systems has been working with Veterans Treatment Courts since the first one was established in Buffalo, New York, in 2010.

Continuous Alcohol Monitoring (CAM) is a proven strategy to help individuals break the stranglehold of alcohol addiction and get their lives back on track. Hear how Veterans Treatment Courts are using SCRAM CAM to make a difference and serve America's heroes.

Case Study

Yellowstone County Veterans Court Helps Alcohol-Dependent Veterans Re-enter Civilian Life

Billings, MT – The Yellowstone County Veterans Treatment Court is a pre- and post-plea treatment court utilizing the Drug Court Model. It focuses on case management, addiction treatment, and accountability to help veterans with PTSD, chemical dependency, and other mental health issues cope after military service. Many clients receive suspended or even deferred sentences that result in dismissal after graduation. 

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Veterans Treatment Court Statistics

  • The U.S. has continuously been at war since 2001
  • As of 2016, there are 18.5 million U.S. Veterans, with 2.5 million Veterans and counting from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • 25% of Veterans returning from combat in Iraq or Afghanistan report an unhealthy use of alcohol
  • Half of substance abuse treatment admissions among Veterans aged 21 to 39 involve alcohol as the primary substance of abuse
  • 60% to 80% of Vietnam Veterans seeking PTSD treatment have alcohol use problems
  • 1.8 million Veterans met the criteria for having a substance abuse disorder in 2006
  • 81% of justice-involved Veterans had a substance abuse issue prior to incarceration
  • In 2014, there were 140,000 U.S. Veterans in prison, 60% of those with a substance abuse problem
  • Over 20% of veterans with PTSD also have a substance use disorder
  • 1 in 10 soldiers returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan seeking treatment suffer from an addiction or dependence on drugs or alcohol
  • Of the 130,000 homeless U.S. Veterans in 2014, 75% suffered from substance abuse problems
  • From 2003 to 2009, there was a 56% increase of soldiers being treated for alcoholism

Sobering Up Blog

Alcohol Abuse: The Biggest Addiction Problem In New Hampshire

America is currently in the grip of an addiction crisis—the opioid epidemic. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH), over 64,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2016, more than the number of Americans killed during the entirety of the Vietnam War. While the devastating effects of opioid addiction have been well-publicized in recent years, many states continue to designate alcohol abuse as their priority.

SCRAM in the News

96% of DUI offenders wearing SCRAM device remained sober last year in Lancaster County

In 2017, 745 people on bail conditions or probation/parole in Lancaster County wore a SCRAM device under the county’s DUI repeat offender program.

Client Voices

SCRAM CAM Testimonial

Hear Ron talk about his struggles with alcohol and how SCRAM CAM helped get his life back on track.