WELCOME TO THE VTI
The VTI is a far reaching criminal justice initiative designed to link Veterans with evidence based rehabilitative services that address their individual criminogenic needs.
The Milwaukee County Veterans Treatment Initiative (VTI) program:
Is a voluntary program designed to successfully rehabilitate Veterans in recognition of their service to our country and the challenges they and their families may encounter.
VTI diverts Veterans from the traditional criminal justice system into a specialty court specifically designed with the needs of Veterans in mind and strives to provide Veterans with the tools they need to lead productive and law abiding lives.
REIGNITE the core values of military service into Veteran participants’ daily routines.
REDUCE criminal recidivism and other court contacts.
FACILITATE sobriety, abstinence, and improved behavioral health.
INCREASE compliance with treatment and other court ordered conditions.
WORK to alleviate issues surrounding Veteran participants’ service-related behavioral health issues.
ENSURE available VA benefits and services are accessed by Veteran participants.
INTEGRATE community based treatment options and services as appropriate.
IMPROVE Veteran participants’ family relationships and social support connections.
IMPROVE Veteran participants’ economic stability.
Anyone may refer cases involving Veterans to the VTI, including, but not limited to:
- Probation or extended supervision agents
- Family members
- Sentencing judge
VTI Admission Approval
The District Attorney’s office will review the eligibility standards for the referred Veteran and determine if the charges and sentencing guidelines are appropriate for participation in the VTI.
To be eligible for participation, a prospective Milwaukee County VTI participant must:
Have served in the United States Armed Forces and have received a discharge other than dishonorable
Be facing criminal charges in the Milwaukee County Circuit Court
Be reviewed and approved by the VTI Team to determine appropriateness for participation
Agree to appear at all required VTI court sessions
The VTI has adopted the following key components as its essential tenets:
VTI integrates alcohol, drug treatment, and behavioral health services with justice system case management.
Using a non-adversarial approach, prosecution and defense counsel promote public safety while protecting participants’ due process rights.
Eligible participants are identified early and promptly admitted to VTI.
VTI provides access to a continuum of alcohol, drug, behavioral health and related treatment services.
Abstinence is monitored by frequent alcohol and other drug testing.
A coordinated strategy involving consistent case management that governs the responses to participants’ compliance.
Ongoing judicial interaction with each Veteran is essential.
Monitoring and evaluation measures the achievement of program goals and gauges effectiveness.
Continuing interdisciplinary education promotes effective planning, implementation, and operation.
Forging partnerships generates local support and enhances the VTI’s effectiveness.
Tommie, Army Veteran
“I think it was helpful in giving us a second chance at life, because we could have ended up in a whole lot of different situations, we were given a second opportunity to stay clean and be a productive member of society.”
Nathan, National Guard
“I’ve had help from a lot of community resources, which to include the Dry Hooch, and they really helped me out when I was flat on my back.”
Karen, Navy Veteran
“I thought I was being, like, punished. . . . But since I’ve been in this program, I’ve been so inspired to change for the better and to strive to be a better person and do something with my life instead of just doing it on pass. It has taught me to move forward, and it has also taught me that if you seek help, people will help you.”
Admission Process Form
Frequently Asked Questions
You must have an attorney to participate in VTI.
When available, VTI may provide bus tickets for transportation.
You may still participate in VTI, however, it is up to you to make sure you are present for all treatment appointments and court appearances.
It will depend on how well you are doing in the program, but no more than once per week. Unless you are told your appearance is waived you must be present at all court appearances.
Successful completion of the program may result in charges being reduced or dismissed which often results in a decrease of potential jail time, reduced fines and allows for a lesser impact to your overall criminal record.
The agency that will be working with you while you are in VTI ( Veterans Affairs, Center for Veterans Issues and/or Department of Corrections).
Your attorney is the only one that should be present, you do not have to be present for staffing.
If you plan to miss treatment, court appearances or drug screens Court authorization is required prior to traveling.