Attorney General Fox Urges Congress to Pass Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act
Attorney General Tim Fox, along with a bipartisan coalition of other state attorneys general, is urging Congress to further support Veteran Treatment Courts by passing the Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act of 2019.
Veteran treatment courts are diversionary court processes, similar to drug and mental health courts, used for minor, non-violent offenses. These courts pair veterans with mentors to address substance abuse and mental health issues and assist veterans with obtaining United States Veterans Administration benefits to help them with treatment and employment. There are more than 450 such courts in 40 states and territories.
“Treatment courts are a proven way to intervene when veterans need help, particularly in cases involving substance abuse,” Attorney General Tim Fox said. “That’s why I brought legislation earlier this year to expand treatment courts as part of my Aid Montana initiative. It’s also why I’m asking Congress to pass the Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act. Doing so would give states like Montana more tools to break the cycle for veterans in our criminal justice system so they can get the help they deserve.”
In a letter to Senate leaders, Fox and 43 other attorneys general wrote to encourage the passage of House Resolution 886, the Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act of 2019. House Resolution 886 would establish a Veteran Treatment Court Program in the United States Department of Justice to provide grants and technical assistance to state, local, and tribal courts which implement veteran treatment courts.
During this year’s legislative session, Fox and the Montana Department of Justice brought House Bill 654, which increased funding to create new treatment courts and expand existing courts.