Veterans Treatment Court
The McLennan County Veterans Treatment Court is a voluntary, court-monitored treatment program that addresses the mental health and/or substance abuse issues of a veteran defendant. This program is a collaboration between McLennan County, the McLennan County District Attorney's Office, McLennan County Community Supervision & Corrections Department, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Baylor Law Veterans Clinic and Heart of Texas Veterans One Stop.
Minimum Application Requirements
Prior to submitting an application, please review the following criteria for eligibility, only complete applications will be reviewed by the McLennan County Veterans Treatment Court, Veterans that are accepted will be notified, however Veterans will not be officially admitted to the program until they appear before the McLennan County Veterans Treatment Court Judge. Prior to October 1, 2020 eligible candidates will primarily have misdemeanor offenses, felony cases will be considered on limited basis after October 1, 2020. Among the misdemeanor charges that may be appropriate for the McLennan County Veterans Treatment Court are DWI, assault with bodily injury, family violence, unlawful carrying of a weapon and terroristic threat. The primary target population is offenders whose military experience/exposure to combat contributed to the commission of the offense for which they are charged.
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- At least 18 years of age
- Able to prove Veteran status and be eligible for VA care (attach copy of DD214)
- Must be approved by the District Attorney’s office and in some cases the sentencing Court
- Must have charges in, and work or reside in McLennan Co., some exceptions may be made for those residing in an adjacent county
- Should not have holds or warrants from other jurisdictions or have other criminal cases pending
- Must be physically and mentally capable of participating in the program
- Willing to participate in the conditions of the court
Conditions of the court:
- Remain substance abuse free for the duration of the court and submit to regular substance use testing
- Attend all court, treatment, and probation appointments and arrive on time
- Participate in treatment at the VA
- Do not have new law violations while participating in McLennan County Veterans Treatment Court
- Be respectful to members of the court, treatment providers, and peers
- Follow and comply with any and all treatment requirements, sanctions, and McLennan County Veterans Treatment Court processes as assigned
- Pay all program fees
Applicants please continue to attend all previously scheduled hearings, court appearances, etc. unless notified otherwise by the court.
Transfers will not be considered from another Veterans Treatment Court until after October 1, 2020.
Note: *Please expect to fill out the following forms in person with the McLennan County Specialty Court Coordinator. These forms are samples and only intended to provide the information that will be requested from you during your appointment. A copy of your Veterans DD214 will be needed if available.*
Program Benefits and Resources
Through a combination of structured support, healthcare, and other social service resources provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs and Texas Veterans Commission, McLennan County expects to see a reduction in criminal behavior and an increase in services received for veterans.
Veterans Treatment Court Participants Receive Assistance with VA Benefits Including:
- Mental Health Treatment
- Chemical Dependency Treatment
- General Healthcare