|For Immediate Release||
Contact: Amanda Jones
|October 12, 2010||
Joint effort aids Veterans involved with justice system
NEW ORLEANS — Thanks to a partnership between Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System and the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, many Veterans who become involved in the criminal justice system may have a chance to seek treatment through the Veterans Justice Outreach program.
Veteran’s Treatment Court is intended for non-violent offenders who have mental health, substance abuse or homeless problems where treatment is a better option than incarceration.
"These men and women served our nation proudly, and have fallen on hard times. Many are ill; all need help. It is a privilege and honor to be able to offer that help in whatever way we can," said Julie Catellier, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System director.
The Veteran’s Treatment Court in Orleans Parish held its first session in August with Judge Arthur Hunter, interviewing three Veterans for possible enrollment through the outreach program.
"Veterans Justice Outreach links eligible Veterans with the VA services they have earned. The goal is sobriety, recovery and productive citizenship," said Lilia Valdez-Lindsley, VJO specialist.
For more information about the Veterans Justice Outreach Initiative, call Valdez-Lindsley at 504-571-8279 or visit www.va.gov/homeless/vjo.asp.