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Background

The King County Veteran Justice Initiative (VJI) was implemented with the passage of the 2012 Veterans and Human Services Levy. The VJI strives to prevent unnecessary criminalization of behavioral health disorders and extended incarceration among veterans by ensuring eligible justice-involved veterans have timely access to Veterans Health Administration services and other eligible services.

The VJI involves coordination of the local justice system; local, state, and federal veterans services system; and community-based providers.

Justice System Components

Courts (including the 39 municipalities, King County District Court and King County Superior Court), prosecutor’s offices, public defense, Jail Health Services and other in-custody medical and behavioral health providers, Community Corrections (including City and County Work Education Release and day reporting programs), Department of Corrections, and Department of Corrections Community Supervision units/officers

Veterans Services System Components

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Health Administration and Veterans Benefits Administration; Vet Centers; State of Washington Department of Veterans Affairs; King County Veterans Program; 

Community-based providers

Community mental health agencies serving veterans and non-veterans, community based substance abuse treatment services serving veterans and non-veterans, reentry programs serving veterans and justice-involved individuals, housing and social service programs serving veterans and non-veterans.

 

There are two Veterans Courts in King County

What are problem-solving courts focused on serving Veterans:

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King County Courthouse King County District Court Regional Veterans Court (see program brochure here) located at 516 Third Avenue in downtown Seattle.

Pictured is Presiding Judge Ketu Shah

Judge Gregory

City of Seattle Municipal Court Veterans Treatment Court
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Pictured is Seattle VTC Presiding Judge Willie Gregory, (U. S. Air Force, Security Police - 1980-1984; Starting rank airman basic, honorably discharged as staff sergeant)


State and Federal Partner Services

WDVA Washington State Department of Veteran Affairs (WDVA), Veterans Re-entry Case Management Program
USDVA

Federal VA Services for Justice Involved Veterans

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) Specialists

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA), Health Care for Reentry Veterans (HCRV) Program



Civil-Legal Aid

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Northwest Justice Project Veterans Project site has a video explaining the free legal services they provide to Veterans who are low/no income and experiencing homelessness. Services they provide help address barriers to housing, employment, and self-sufficiency.  NJP also provides In-Custody Programming for Veterans at the Maleng Regional Justice Center.

Contact Us

Phone 206-263-9000

TTY Relay: 711

Fax: 206-296-0583