The Fairfax County Veterans Treatment Docket is a court-supervised, comprehensive treatment program. All participants have been determined to have substance use issues and/or have other diagnosed mental health conditions. Participants in this program will undergo "supervision" (i.e., regular court appearances before the Veterans Treatment Docket Judge) and "treatment" (which includes drug testing, individual counseling and group counseling provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs or Fairfax County facilities). Participants are also expected to meet with a Veteran Mentor, obtain and maintain employment or involvement in vocational or educational programs, and actively participate in self-help meetings (e.g., Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous) and/or counseling programs. The length of the Veterans Treatment Docket program is determined by each participant's progress, will generally be 18-24 months in length, and will typically consist of three phases (Orientation/Stabilization, Ongoing Treatment, and Transition/Graduation).
A defendant must plead guilty to be considered for Veterans Treatment Docket services. Eligibility guidelines include:
- Must have been discharged other than dishonorably from any branch of the United States Military, the Reserves, or the National Guard.
- Misdemeanor or felony level offense with prosecutorial consent.
- No history of serious or repetitive violence (reviewed by designated Prosecutor and Treatment Team).
- Exclusions: incompetence to stand trial, history of sex offenses, offenses involving weapons in the commission of the crime, violent offenses defined in §19.2-297.1, or persistent offenses unrelated to mental health or other behavioral health illnesses.
- Diagnosed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or other trauma, mental health, substance use and/or related co-occurring disorders.
- Must have identified treatment needs that can be met by the program and a willingness to engage in the services provided.