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1 First Veteran Family Treatment Court In Texas Hidalgo County Veteran Family Treatment Court

2 What is the Hidalgo County Veterans Family Treatment Court Program The Hidalgo County Veterans Treatment Court Program is available to family members (on probation) of Veterans to address their criminogenic needs to divert them from prison. The program is a hybrid of a Drug Court, Mental Health Court and Sanctions Court. The program serves the family member of the Veteran by providing a continuum of treatment services, which is conducive to a productive substance abuse free life and a safer community. The Hidalgo County Veterans Treatment Court Program requires the family member of the Veteran to undergo constant monitoring and treatment as well as frequent status hearings in front of the Hidalgo County Veterans Treatment Court Program Judge to monitor their progress.

3 Program Background The Hidalgo County Veterans Treatment Court Program was established in 2011 Noticed that Family of the Justice-involved Vet were affected by the criminal behavior of the Vet Looked at data that suggested that family members of Veterans may suffer from PTSD, anxiety, and criminogenic needs

4 Texas Veterans Commission Solicitation from the Fund for Veterans Assistance (FVA) TVC awarded Hidalgo County CSCD to commence operation from January 2013 December 2013 Recommended for funding this year 2014

5 Eligibility Moderate to high risk offender (e.g., risk to reoffend/engage in criminal behavior) Under Supervision in Hidalgo County, with either a substance abuse issue, or a mental health issue, to include stress, anxiety, depression, or PTSD, as well as have multiple criminogenic needs. Offenders who are non compliant with their current conditions of probation are also eligible, as the program can also be used as a sanction. Family member of a Veteran

6 Program Structure Post adjudication program Not less than 6 months no more than 1 year; can be extended on a case by case basis 4 phases; Treatment Driven; Compliance-Oriented to address criminogenic needs No cost to the participant, however participants are expected to continue to pay their financial obligations from their original court orders.

7 Program Completion No Motion to Adjudicate/Revoke initiated Successful completion of all phases of the program (in accordance with their individualized treatment plan); Negative urine tests consistently (with no lapses) during the last phase of the program; No new criminal convictions Expulsion Criteria The participant does not complete the program within 12 months; The participant is arrested for a new offense; The participant engages in severe noncompliance with treatment; The participant continues to engage in regular alcohol/drug use; The participant absconds from the program.

8 Program Data From January 2013 April 2014: Served 27 offenders 1 st placement March graduates 1 revocation Next Graduation May 28, 2014: 3 graduates

9 DUTIES OF JUDGE PRESIDE OVER HCVTC CASES HANDLE MISDEMEANOR AND FELONY CASES FOR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES

10 Court Panel

11 DISSCUSS PROGRESS OF ALL PARTICIPANTS COORDINATE AND MANAGE DISCUSSION OF ALL AGENCIES ACKNOWLEDGE PARTICIPANTS WITH REWARDS OR INDICATE PROGRESS IMPOSE SANCTIONS FOR NON-COMPLIANCE COORDINATE GRADUATION CEREMONIES

12 The Role and Duties of the Probation Officer The Probation Officer screens participants for characteristics that are directly linked to criminal behavior: Substance Abuse Behavioral/Mental Health Low Self Control Depression PTSD Dysfunctional Family Anti Social Values/Personality Criminal Peers

13 Veterans Court Treatment Phases PHASE I The participant will be engaged in the mental health treatment or substance treatment depending on the client needs. Appear in court on a weekly basis. Maintain weekly contacts with the probation officer. Maintain weekly contacts with treatment provider. Weekly urinalysis during the program. PHASE II The participant will be attending to anger management treatment and special treatment depending on the client needs. Appear in court on a weekly basis. Maintain weekly contacts with the probation officer. Maintain weekly contacts with the treatment provider. Weekly urinalysis during the program. Enrollment and completion of the classes ordered by the judgment. Payment plan

14 Veterans Court Treatment Phases PHASE III The participant will be active in 12 step program substance abuse and special treatment depending on the client needs. Appear in court bi-weekly basis. Maintain bi-weekly contacts with the probation officer. Maintain bi-weekly contacts with the treatment provider. Bi-weekly or Random urinalysis during the program. Work and complete community hours. PHASE IV The participant will continue with treatment depending on the client needs. Appear in court once a month. Maintain once a month contacts with the probation officer. Maintain once a month contacts with the treatment provider. Random urinalysis during the program. Graduation and reintegration into the community.

15 Participant Expectations Participant Understanding Report as schedule with Probation Officer Appear in Court as scheduled Follow Treatment Plan and report as schedule. Substance Abuse Treatment Mental Health Treatment *Each participant will have an individualized treatment plan.

16 Office Visit with Probation Officer Report any changes in address, phone # and employment status Build trust and good communication using Motivation Interviewing and Evidence Based Practices. Set up short terms goals and long term goals Work and share responses utilizing Cognitive Interactive Journals Goals are monitored on a graph

17 Possible Violations New Arrest Positive Drug Urinalysis Alcohol Violations Failure to report to Treatment, Probation & Court Hearings Fail to comply with initial conditions of probation Curfew violations Defendants refuse to obtain employment when applicable Etc

18 Possible Sanctions Jail time Alternate Incarceration Program (House Arrest) Electronic monitoring Curfew imposed Addition of Community Service Hours Referral to residential (inpatient) treatment

19 Mistakes are part of life. If you don t fail, you don t learn. If you don t learn you ll never change.

20 Acknowledge and Rewards Candies Public Recognition Certificate of Accomplishments Phase Promotion Immediate Release from Status Hearing Early Termination Graduation

21 Road to Success WALL OF FAME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD GRADUATION

22 Initial Treatment Service: Psychosocial Evaluation Assessments PCL-S PHQ-9, CAGE-AID AUDIT-C ADDICTION SEVERITY INDEX Diagnosis Person Center Plan TREATMENT

23 EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICES After Client s Need is determined the following services can be provided: Seeking Safety Treatment- Individual /Group Setting Co-occurring Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders(COPS-D) Family Support Services- Group Setting Cognitive Processing Therapy- Individual Case Management Detox- Inpatient

24 SEEKING SAFETY TREATMENT Seeking Safety is: An evidence-based practice Designed to address substance abuse AND symptoms of PTSD A flexible intervention Intended to address the first stage of healing: Safety Seeking Safety Treatment Groups 10 topics are covered Groups are closed Seeking Safety Treatment- Individual Basis 10 topics are covered Peer Provider meets with client on a one-to-one basis

25 TRAUMA-THERAPY Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT )has been shown to be one of the most effective treatments for PTSD An Evidence-Based Practice 12-session Treatment Has a Writing Component Homework is assigned Individual Counseling Sessions of CPT Weekly-Basis

26 FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES Family Support Services is designed to meet the needs of Families of Service Members or Veterans who have become involved with the Criminal Justice System. Topics that are covered in Group: Promote Personal and Family Wellbeing Setting Short Term/Long Term Goals Parenting Tips

27 CASE MANAGEMENT Case Management is EXTREMELY important Basic Needs (e.g. shelter, employment, food, etc.) Community referrals (e.g. SNAP, SSI, Medicaid, Medicare, etc.) Workshops (e.g. job skills training, resume builder, etc.) Update of Assessments Revision/Modification of Person Center Plan Follow-up

28 MENTORSHIP The Mentor is able to establish an ongoing personal developmental relationship with the Mentee. The mentorship is ongoing by means of learning, dialogue and challenges. By: Stephen Harris Mentor Coordinator

29 METHODS Learning Personal Growth Problem Solving Confidence Building Dialogue Peer to Peer Seeking Safety Counseling Challenges Transitioning Enhance the quality of life Program Completion

30 Accompanying TECHNIQUES Sowing Showing Use your own experiences as examples Make a commitment in a caring way Take the initiative to provide support when stressors increase Harvesting

31 CONCLUSION Mentorship provides the family members who are on probation currently experiencing substance abuse, mental health, or behavioral problems a chance to learn, share, inspire, and support themselves and others in a positive mind set. A mentor is not designated to replace or provide professional mental health treatment or counseling.

32 DANNY BARRON Son of a Vietnam Army Veteran

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