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City of Kansas City, Mo.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 29, 2012
Veterans’ Treatment Court honors new group of graduates
The City of Kansas City, Mo., Municipal Court held a ceremony Wednesday, Feb. 29 honoring the Veterans’ Treatment Court’s most recent group of nine graduates.
The Veterans’ Treatment Court, a division of the City’s Municipal Court, is a therapeutic specialty court that provides treatment options as an alternative to incarceration for military veterans who face problems such as depression, post-traumatic stress, substance abuse, homelessness and unemployment. The program operates in three treatment phases, each of which lasts 90 days and diminishes in intensity throughout each phase.
The Veterans’ Treatment Court holds quarterly graduations for military veterans who successfully complete the program.
“The vast majority of veterans who graduate from our program do not find themselves in Municipal Court again,” said Judge Ardie Bland, who presides over the Veterans’ Treatment Court. “They are staying out of trouble.”
In addition to reducing the recidivism rate among veterans, Judge Bland points out that the program has an excellent record of turning the lives around of veteran participants.
“By giving them the individualized help they need, our graduates have been quite successful in their ability to reenter society and lead productive lives,” he said. “Some get their driver’s licenses returned, and others have gone on to get jobs or housing.”
In addition to Judge Bland, the Veterans’ Treatment Court team consists of staff from the City Prosecutor’s Office, Legal Aid, the Municipal Court and the Veterans Administration.
For additional information, please contact Municipal Court Communications Manager Ellen Belzer at 816-513-3958.