The Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) is a specialty court for justice-involved veterans who are charged with criminal offenses in Leavenworth County District Court. The primary objective of VTC is to promote public safety by providing an inter-agency, collaborative, non-adversarial treatment strategy to veterans involved with the criminal justice system and who suffer from mental health and/or substance abuse issues related to their service in our armed forces.
VTC proceedings are held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month in Courtroom #1 in the Leavenworth Justice Center, 601 S. Third Street. Hearings begin at 2 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.
VTC is a voluntary program. Veterans charged with either felony or misdemeanor offenses are eligible to participate, subject to limitations. The following offenses are excluded from VTC participation: Off-grid crimes, felony sex crimes, offenses involving serious bodily harm or death, and offenses requiring interstate compact supervision. Registered sex offenders are also ineligible for the program.
Interested veterans should contact the District Court Services Office to complete an application and a risk/needs assessment. Average program length will range from 12 to 18 months depending on a veteran's individual needs.
The Court will assign each VTC participant veteran a volunteer Veteran Mentor who will act as a role model and advocate. Participants are required to meet with their assigned Mentors as specified in their treatment plans. The Court will periodically request a Mentor's opinion regarding a participant's progress but will not ask the Mentor to disclose personal information.
A participating veteran's treatment information is protected consistent with state and federal statutes and regulations. All participants are required to sign a release of information to permit the VA Medical Center and other treatment providers to provide progress reports to the Court during the veteran's involvement in VTC.
Upon a participating veteran's satisfactory completion of all VTC requirements, the veteran will attend a courtroom graduation ceremony at which charges will be officially dismissed.
The District Court formally opened the VTC with an opening ceremony on September 5, 2023, in Courtroom #1. U.S. Senator Jerry Moran served as keynote speaker (below photo).