The Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) Expansion Project, a project of the Colorado 1st Judicial District, requests $1,295,652 to expand programming to better serve high risk/high need justice-involved veterans, so that they may rehabilitate from SUD, improve mental health symptomology and reduce their involvement in criminal behavior. The VTC Expansion Project will serve 93 unduplicated participants over the grant period; 51 in Year 1 (18 new and 33 already admitted); 52 in year two (13 new participants and 39 existing), 52 in year three (12 new participants and 40 existing), 52 in year four (12 new participants and 40 existing), and 52 in year five (12 new participants and 40 existing). All participants meet the DSM-5 criteria for Substance Use Disorder- Severe and/or co-occurring SUD and mental health disorders and have a Level of Severity Index-Revised (LSI-R) score of 24 or greater. Participants must score 24 or higher on the Level of Severity Index- Revised (LSI-R) and must have a pending misdemeanor or felony case within the district. VTC is designed as a hybrid model, receiving case referrals either post-conviction or following revocation from a probationary sentence. VTC has a capacity of 40 participants and accepts veterans with verified military service, regardless of discharge status or length of time spent in the military. The proposed project will allow the VTC to implement the following interventions to benefit participants: 1) residential treatment, 2) transitional residential treatment, 3) recovery housing, 4) transportation assistance, 5) training for peer to peer services, 6) early assessment and evaluation 7) and training for the VTC team.
Goal 1: Improve VTC participant outcomes by addressing treatment needs and providing wrap-around services.
Objective 1.1: Ensure 80% of participants receive clinically indicated treatment within two weeks of sentencing.
Objective 1.2: Increase the program completion rate for participants who are not eligible to receive services through the VA from 26% to 40% within the funding period.
Objective 1.3: At least 70% of participants in residential treatment will complete treatment.
Goal 2: Enhance program operations by ensuring VTC staff and peer mentors have completed the training necessary to meet the needs of participants.
Objective 2.1: By the end of year two, 100% of VTC staff will be trained regarding best practices, key components and effective service delivery.
Objective 2.2: By the end of year one, VTC Peer Mentor Coordinator (VTC PMC) will complete “train the trainer” recovery coach training,
Objective 2.3: VTC PMC will train 15 recovery coaches throughout the funding period.