PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Sunday, November 11, 2012

Graduates of Santa Maria Veterans Treatment Court Honored

On Wednesday, November 14, 2012, the Santa Maria Division of the Santa Barbara County Superior Court will host a graduation ceremony to honor military veterans who have successfully completed the Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) program.

The event will begin at 2:00 p.m., in Department 7 of the Santa Maria Superior Court and will include community leaders, guest speakers, local service organizations, and representatives from the Veterans Administration (VA). Refreshments will be served.

Santa Maria’s VTC program was established in November 2011, as a collaborative effort between the Court, Probation, the Department of Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services, the District Attorney, the Public Defender, community based organizations, and the VA. The goal of VTC is to serve justice-involved veterans struggling with addiction, serious mental health issues, and/or co-occurring disorders. The 12-18 month program promotes sobriety, recovery and stability, and assists veterans in their attempts to access the VA services and benefits available to them. The veterans who will graduate have successfully completed their treatment program and have maintained sobriety.

To learn more about Veterans Treatment Courts, including resources, legislation, and statistics, click here.

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