The Orange County Combat Veterans Court is located in Santa Ana at the Court's Community Court where many supportive services are located.
The Community Court location enables the Combat Veterans Court participants to access services including mental health assessment, legal aid, and assistance with obtaining governement benefits, employment, and housing. Childcare is available for participants appearing in court or accessing services.
Judge Wendy S. Lindley (right), leads the Combat Veterans Court partners in a briefing to prepare the day's calendar.
Combat Veterans Court program staff include the judge, court coordinator, Veterans Affairs case manager, probation officer, district attorney, and the public defender.
The Orange County Combat Veterans Court offers therapeutic treatment instead of incarceration for veterans who have become involved in the criminal justice system as a result of mental health or substance abuse problems arising from their combat service.
Judge Wendy S. Lindley (L) introduces volunteer veteran mentors that the North Orange County Vet Center provides to work with and provide suppot to the court participants.
The Orange County Combat Veterans Court includes at least 18 months of intensive mental health and/or substance abuse treatment and active judicial involvement.
During court sessions, the VA Case manager and the probation officer make progress reports regarding the participants, The districy attorney and public defender attend all court sessions, as well as team meetings, at which participants progress is discussed and recommondations for advancement or sanctions are made to the judge.
Program milestones include the acquisition of sobriety, mental stability, housing, job skills, and steady employment, and the fufillment of community service requirements.
Family reunification and academic advancement are encouraged; and graduation from the program may result in the dismissal of all criminal charges.