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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 struggling with addiction, physical and mental health challenges, homelessness, and unemployment. These courts are helping men and women in our local communities who are locked in a cycle of criminal behavior 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.

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. These hybrid Drug/Mental Health Courts serve a rapidly growing population: U.S. combat veterans struggling with addiction, physical and mental health challenges, homelessness, and unemployment.

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

Collaborative Tulsa Veterans Treatment Court Tackles Nonviolent Offenses With Treatment, Resources

Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa Veterans Treatment Court works with military veterans charged with non-violent felonies who struggle with drug/alcohol addictions and/or mental health problems. The court originated in 2008 when county officials realized a significant number of individuals entering the criminal justice system were veterans. In October 2008 alone, 158 veterans were arrested in Tulsa County. 

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Veterans Treatment Court Statistics

  • The U.S. has been at war, continuously, for more than a decade
  • There are 22.3 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 of any age met the criteria for having a substance abuse disorder in 2006
  • 81% of justice-involved Veterans had a substance abuse issue prior to incarceration
  • There are 140,000 U.S. Veterans in prison, and 60% of those have a substance abuse problem
  • There are 130,000 homeless U.S. Veterans, and 75% of them suffer from substance abuse problems
SCRAM Program Statistics

Sobering Up Blog

Canada: “Reasonable Suspicion” Not Needed For DUI Breath Tests

Starting next year, drivers in Canada could be required to take alcohol breath tests regardless of whether officers have a “reasonable suspicion” that they are driving under the influence of alcohol.

SCRAM in the News

Louisville officials rollout new alcohol monitoring program

Officials say the Continuous Alcohol Monitoring Program will make Louisville’s roads safer and help repeat DUI defendants with rehabilitation.

Client Voices

SCRAM CAM Testimonial

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