In 2019, the Center for Court Innovation received funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance to assist five states in the development and implementation of statewide strategic plans for their Veterans Treatment Courts (VTC). The selected states were California, Maine, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
Each state participated in a needs assessment process that included a document analysis and stakeholder interviews. Center staff used the data to identify the strengths, resources, and challenges of each state’s VTC programs and provided guidance on how to support the improvement of current courts and planning for future courts. Following each needs assessment, the Center convened a two-day stakeholder workshop culminating in the creation of a strategic plan. Each state received a $200,000 grant to help fulfill the goals and objectives from their strategic plans. National trends emerged based on the assessments and strategic plans. This is a summary of national VTC trends as well as the specific work of each state included in the project.