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Veterans Treatment Court Enhancement

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $750,000)

Proposal Abstract - Washington County Veterans Treatment Court Enhancement 

Category of funding requested: Category 2 – Enhancement. $750,000 (48 months) 

Jurisdiction Size:  Washington County is part of the Portland Metropolitan Area and has a population of over 600,000 people. Washington County covers approximately 726 square miles and is Oregon's second most populous county with a mix of suburban and rural communities. 

Type of Veterans Treatment Court: Pre- and Post-Adjudication dependent on crime(s) and criminal history 

Contacts: Veterans Treatment Court, Washington County Circuit Court, 150 N. First Avenue, Ste. 300, MS 40, Hillsboro, OR 97124. 

VTC Judge: Judge Eric Butterfield 

(503) 846-8888 ext. 70584 

[email protected] 


VTC Coordinator: Molly Harvis 

(503) 846-8626 

[email protected] 


Abstract: The Washington County Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) has been operational since 2018 and serves all veterans eligible for VA Healthcare services and charged with felony or misdemeanor crimes, including violent felonies. The VTC currently serves a maximum of twenty-five (25) medium to high-risk/medium to high-needs participants at a time, with a goal to increase program capacity to forty (40) participants at a time. Participants remain in the program for a minimum of 12-15 months, with an average of 15-18 months, depending on risk/needs track. There is no maximum period of participation. The VTC seeks to serve one-hundred sixty (160) justice-involved veterans. Participants will engage in substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence, parenting, and criminal-thinking treatments as determined by evidence-based assessment tools, such as the LS/CMI. Participants identified with a substance abuse disorder are provided access to treatment, including MAT, through the Portland VA Healthcare System and community providers, which offer hospital-level care through outpatient aftercare services, recovery support services, and vocational rehabilitation. The VTC seeks to enhance its current substance use testing, add a criminal thinking intervention, and host an external evaluation. 

The VTC implements the NADCP Best Practice Standards as discussed on the following pages: I p.3, VI p. 5, II p. 6, III p.7, IV p. 8, VI p. 10, p.11, I, IX & VII p. 13, VII & IV p. 14, IV & VII, p.15, VI p. 16, VI & X p. 19. 

The Washington County VTC was the recipient of a Bureau of Justice Assistance FY 18 Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant (2018-VC-BX-0009) for VTC implementation. The project was awarded a total amount of $550,000 and began January 1st, 2019, and will end December 31st, 2022.

Priority consideration 1(A) is discussed on pages 11-12.

Date Created: September 29, 2022