U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Health Administration
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is the nation’s largest healthcare system and oversees the health care needs of millions of veterans. The VHA is a critical partner in Veterans Treatment Courts as most veterans participating in court are eligible for VHA services.
Connecting Veterans with High Quality VA Treatment
The VHA is divided into regions, known as Veterans Integrated Services Networks (VISN). Within each VISN network are VA Medical Centers. As part of the VA’s support of Veterans Treatment Courts and justice-involved veterans, the VA launched the Veterans Justice Outreach Initiative mandating that every VA Medical Center have a designated Veterans Justice Outreach Specialist who is responsible for coordinating with the courts, and conducting outreach, assessment and case management for justice- involved veterans.
It is vital for Veterans Treatment Courts to partner with their local VA Medical Center and engage the Veterans Justice Outreach Specialists in order for justice-involved veterans to receive the treatment they have earned.
Veterans Benefit Administration
The Veterans Benefit Administration (VBA) programs and services are distributed from 56 VA Regional Offices across the nation. A VA Regional Office is situated in every state (some states have more than one).
Connecting Veterans to the Benefits they have Earned
The VBA plays a vital role in Veterans Treatment Courts by connecting veterans to disability compensation, pension benefits, employment and training services such as Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E), and education benefits such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill and home loans.
It is essential for Veterans Treatment Courts to partner with the VA Regional Office closest to their court in order for veterans to connect to the education, employment training, and other benefits they have earned.
With an estimated 300 locations across the nation, Vet Centers are a key tool to help veterans make the successful transition from military to civilian life. These facilities are located in communities to help combat veterans and their families with readjustment counseling and outreach services.
Vet Centers are important for Veterans Treatment Courts to connect veterans to mental health counseling, substance abuse assessment and referral, employment assistance and military sexual trauma counseling.