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Bell County Veterans Treatment Court


In 2009, the State of Texas, with bipartisan support, during the 81st legislation, Senate Bill 1940 was passed authorizing the creation of specialty courts for Veterans in Texas.


What is the Bell County Veterans Treatment Court?

How Can I be Considered for the Bell County Veterans Treatment Court?

What Happens in the Bell County Veterans Treatment Court?
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What is the Veterans Treatment Court Mentor Program
and How does it work with the Court?


What is the Contact Information for the Veterans
Treatment Court?


Bell County Veterans Treatment Court Documents


                                                                                             "Supporting Those Who Have Served"


What is the Bell County Veterans Treatment Court?

In March 2015, Bell County began a Veterans Treatment Court program in County Court at Law #3. This court program primarily serves pre- and post-adjudicated Veterans charged with a misdemeanor offense; whose military or combat-related experiences contributed to the commission of the offense.

The Bell County Veterans Treatment Court works collaboratively with the VA an other Veteran and community organizations to provide a program that utilizes evidenced-based best-practices that will help Veterans get back on track to being productive members of the community.

The Goal of the Veterans Treatment Court is to promote public safety and assist Veterans or current members of the U.S. armed forces through a collaborative, coordinated system of court supervised treatment that ensures accountability, while empowering Veterans to become integral and productive members of the community.




How Can I be Considered for the Bell County Veterans Treatment Court?
  • A Veteran or current member of the United States Armed Forces; including a member of the Reserves, National Guard, State Guard, or Coast Guard.
  • Charged with a misdemeanor crime.
  • A clinical diagnosis* of PTSD, TBI, MST or a mental health condition, such as anxiety depression, etc., that resulted from military service.
  • Materially affected the Veteran's criminal conduct for which they are being charged.
If you are a Veteran or active military and would like to be considered for acceptance into the Veterans Treatment Court, ask your attorney to help you prepare an application.

Successful completion of the Bell County Veterans Treatment Court may result in no jail time and/or the possibility of not having a misdemeanor conviction on your criminal record.

                                   "Leave No Veteran Behind and Honor Their Service"



What Happens in the Bell County Veterans Treatment Court?

Participants will be assessed by the Veterans Administration to determine if they qualify for disability compensation, pension, educational benefits, vocational, housing, employment, substance abuse counseling, mental health counseling, and/or medical services.
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You may receive support from fellow Veterans through the Peer Mentor Program.

An individualized treatment plan will be created to meet your needs and may include substance abuse and/or mental health treatment.

Participants appear frequently before the Veterans Treatment Court Judge for progress hearings.




What is the Veterans Treatment Court Mentor Program an How does it work with the Court?

The Bell County Veterans Treatment Court relies on the cooperation and collaboration of many Veterans service organizations and community treatment agencies.  The court also relies on Peer Mentors from the Military Veterans Peer Network.  Mentors are Veterans of the different Armed Forces who volunteer their time to assist the program participant through the court process.  Mentors provide the participant support, encouragement, and assistance in navigating VA and local services.   Peer Mentors are trained and may have served in Vietnam, Desert Storm/Shield, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and Afghanistan.  Participants are assigned a mentor vtc_3who is there to support them through their journey.
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What is the Contact Information for the Veterans Treatment Court?

The Bell County Veterans Treatment Court is held at the Bell County Justice Center, Court Court at Law #3, located at 1201 Huey Road in Belton, Texas 76513.  Veterans Treatment Court begins at 3:30 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month. 

Family and friends are welcome to observe and show their support at the Bell County Veterans Treatment Court. 

For more information, contact Linda Ingraham at (254) 618-4125 or linda.ingraham@bellcounty.texas.gov




Bell County Veterans Treatment Court Documents

The links below are in "PDF" format.  If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, click on the Quick Link and you will be taken to the Adobe Reader download site.  The document below are currently being updated and will be posted soon.

 
VTC Application

VTC Brochure


           "Courage, Integrity,
      Commitment and Honor"

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