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Riverside University Health System - Behavioral Health Veteran's Treatment Court

Award Information

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $625,000)

By means of this grant funding, Riverside County will be able to build upon the successes of the current Veteran’s Treatment Court (VTC) program.  Staff for the VTC team will be increased offering further treatment and oversight options to Veterans, including both a Victim’s Advocate and Family Advocate to assist those involved in the Veteran’s criminal proceedings.   Riverside County has already established a VTC, therefore it is requesting “Category 2” funding  to expand upon existing services in accordance with this grant and the Ten Key Components of Veterans Treatment Courts, as set forth by the NADCP.  Riverside County VTC program emphasizes post-plea adjudication as this is the point when the Veteran enters the program and begins participating in their court-ordered treatment plan.  The VTC program works with both violent and non-violent offenders therefore, will be requesting “Type B” funding. Total Federal funding requested over the duration of this grant is $500,000.  Minimum number of Veterans expected to receive services as a result of this grant is 144.  Minimum length of time for a Veteran with misdemeanor charge(s) is 12 months.  Veterans who enter the program with felony charge(s) will spend a minimum of 18 months in the program.  A Veteran is allowed to remain in the program, provided continuous progress with their treatment and support from both the VTC team and the Court. Approximately 78 percent of participants successfully complete the 12 or 18 month program.  The VTC works with Veterans regardless of whether the charges are violent or non-violent, or if mental health and/or substance use was a contributing factor in the Veteran’s charge(s).  Both VA and non-VA eligible Veterans can receive Medication Assisted Treatment services as well as Outpatient, Withdrawal Management and Residential Services.


The following NADCP ADC best practices standards are found within the grant at the following page locations: 

1 – Target Population (pg. 2)

2 – Equity and Inclusion (pg. 6-12)

3 – Roles and Responsibilities of the Judge (pg. 14)

4 – Incentives Sanctions and Therapeutic Adjustments (pg. 1, 14)

5 – Substance Use Disorder Treatment (pg. 2, 3, 17)

6 – Complementary Treatment and Social Services (pg. 18)

7 – Drug and Alcohol Testing (pg. 8, 15, 18)

8 – Multidisciplinary Team (pg. 7-8, 12-16)

9 – Census & Caseload p. 15 Multidisciplinary Team (pg. 3, 15, 18)

10 – Monitoring and Evaluation (pg. 15)


No other sources of Federal funding are being used to support this VTC program.

Date Created: December 17, 2021