Veterans Court

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A Veterans Court is a problem solving court that is intended to serve veterans struggling with addiction, serious mental illness and/or co-occurring disorders. The Court promotes sobriety, recovery, and stability through a coordinated response that involves cooperation and collaboration with the traditional partners found in the problem solving courts, with the addition of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Department of Veterans Benefits Administration, volunteer veteran mentors, and veterans family support organizations. 

The Carver County Veterans Court is on average a 12-24 month program, designed for defendants who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces who are experiencing a treatable behavioral, mental health and/or chemical health problem.  The program involves ongoing judicial supervision and enhanced probation supervision with input from a multi-disciplinary team of professionals led by the judge.  The Veterans Court will endeavor to assign a peer mentor to participants.

 

Who is eligible?

Eligibility is evaluated by the Veterans Court team on a case-by-case basis.  General requirements include:

  • Service in the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Charged in Carver County with a misdemeanor criminal offense or greater
  • Resides in Carver County, or in close proximity to the Court
  • Experiencing a treatable behavioral, mental health and/or chemical health problem

Please contact Jennie Pinnow at 952-361-1848 for more information.