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FAQs

How do I enter Veterans Treatment Court ?

  • Veterans seeking entry into VTC must complete an application with the assistance of their defense counsel and submit the application to the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC).  Upon receipt of the application, VTC case managers will coordinate with defense counsel and the State Attorney’s Office to have the veteran’s case added to the VTC docket.

Where can I find the VTC application ?

What is the eligibility requirements for VTC ?

How long is the VTC program ?

  •  The VTC program can last from six (6) to twenty-four (24) months for a veteran participating in a pretrial intervention program.  The length of time for post-adjudicatory participants depends on the agreement reached between the veteran’s defense counsel and State Attorney’s Office.

If already participating in a mental health and/or alcohol or substance abuse treatment program, will I need to restart the treatment program upon entering VTC?

  • When a participating veteran signs the agreement to enter VTC he/she may receive credit for any prior participation in a mental health and/or alcohol or substance abuse treatment program upon approval by the Court.

What if I am not eligible for VA services?

  • Although many of the participating veterans receive services through the U.S. Department of Veterans Administration (VA), it is not a requirement for entry into the VTC Program.  VTC works closely with a variety of community providers who specialize in mental health and alcohol and/or substance abuse disorder treatment.

What if I have more than one discharge status?

  • A participating veteran must have at least one (1) discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces under honorable conditions.

Can I transfer my case to another county?

  • A veteran’s case may be transferred to another county (or judicial circuit); however, it will depend on whether the receiving county (or judicial circuit) approves of the transfer.  Please note that not every county (or judicial circuit) in the State of Florida has a VTC Program and not all VTC Programs are willing to accept transfers.

What is a VTC mentor?

  • VTC Mentors serve in a unique role.  VTC Mentors do not supervise or monitor the compliance of a veteran’s progress in VTC.  VTC Mentors are volunteers, who act as “battle buddies” by offering suggestions and general guidance as the veteran progresses through the program, while encouraging and supporting the veteran’s efforts in treatment, court supervision, and problem solving.  VTC Mentors keep information shared by the veteran in confidence and protect sensitive information.

How can I become a VTC mentor ?

  • To serve as a VTC mentor, applicants must either be currently serving as part of the U.S. Armed Forces active or reserve components in good standing, i.e., with no pending judicial, non-judicial or adverse administrative action, or have been discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces under honorable conditions. Additionally, applicants must complete a VTC mentor application and successfully pass a background check to ensure there are no pending adverse actions, and upon acceptance into the VTC Mentor Program complete specified training.

         Mentor Application and

         Mentor Background Check Form