ST. LOUIS COUNTY
Mary Davis, Veterans Court Coordinator
St. Louis County Courts
105 South Central Avenue
Clayton, MO 63105
Phone (314) 615-2678
To offer justice involved veterans with mental health and or substance use disorders an alternative to the traditional criminal justice process by providing frequent judicial oversight, intensive supervision and treatment intervention to positively impact their lifestyle and enhance community safely.
What Is Veterans Court
A Veterans Court is a problem solving court designed for U.S. military veterans charged with felony offenses and 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 problem solving courts, with the addition of the U.S. department of Veterans Affairs Health Care networks, the Veterans Benefits Administration, volunteer veteran mentors and veterans and veterans’ family support organizations.
The St. Louis County Veterans Court is a voluntary 15-18 month program. Following the 10-Key Components of Veterans Courts, the Circuit Judge leads the multi-disciplinary team of professionals who meet on a regular basis to collaboratively assist the veteran with an array of services such as emergency financial assistance, chemical dependency and mental health/trauma counseling, employment and skills training assistance, temporary housing, advocacy and other referral services and services of the veterans involved in the program.
At regular judicial status hearing treatment plans and other conditions are reviewed, incentives are offered to reward adherence to court conditions and sanctions for non-compliance are handed down.
Defendants, who voluntarily agree to participate and meet the eligibility requirements, may enter the Veteran’s Court after plea or finding and pre sentence.
• Must have served in the U.S. Military
• Non-disciplinary discharge from the military
• Adult – 18 years of age or over
• Resident of St. Louis County (team may waive residency requirement)
• Charged with felony level offense. (non-violent)
• Experiencing a treatable behavioral, mental health, or substance abuse problem substantially related to the offense
• Consent of the prosecuting attorney for referral to the Veterans Court
• Defendant is willing to participate Final determination of admission will be made by the VTC Judge based upon recommendations from the prosecuting attorney and other veteran’s court team members.