Gloucester County Veteran’s Initiative
GLOUCESTER COUNTY VETERANS POLICY
The purpose of the Veterans Policy is to provide a collaborative partnership among Veterans Administrators, State and County Agencies, volunteers, community-based organizations and medical treatment facilities to assist Veterans in the criminal justice system who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and psychological or substance abuse problems. The program is open to Veterans who have received an honorable or general discharge from the United States military. The goals are to protect the public; reduce Veteran contacts with the criminal justice system; reduce the number of incarcerated Veterans; reduce costs to the public; and provide services and support for Veterans.
Gloucester County Law Enforcement Agencies will be trained to identify Veterans upon initial contact and notify GCPO. Jail Authorities will assist incarcerated Veterans with a referral application for services referred by Catholic Charities, Veterans agencies and other providers. Criminal Case Management will employ the Court’s Veterans Assistance Project and provide applications for legal representation for the Public Defender’s Office. Gloucester County Corrections will assist in determining the Veteran’s eligibility pre-indictment under their HED program.
GCPO Attorneys will review criminal charges, make charging decisions, and work with a Veteran’s attorney to resolve the criminal case. All screening decisions are at the sole discretion of the prosecutor’s office.
During the Veteran’s experience in the criminal justice process, the Veteran will be assisted by one or more of the following anticipated partners: The Gloucester/Camden Regional Office of the NJ Department of Military Services and Veterans Affairs; the NJ Department of Human Services; the Division of Mental Health Service; NJ State Parole Board; the Gloucester County Police Chief’s Association; Catholic Charities; Volunteers of America; Gloucester County Corrections; NJ Department of Labor (Gloucester County One Stop); Gloucester County Department of Veterans Affairs; Inspira Health System; Gloucester County Mental Health Crisis Intervention (New Point) and Volunteer Veteran Mentors.
Volunteer Veteran Mentors will be recruited and trained to support veterans through the criminal justice system while assisting in their individual treatment plans. The Volunteer Veteran Mentor is intended to encourage, guide and support the mentee. Mentors must be a veteran of one of the branches of the US Military, including the Marine Corps, Navy, Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, or their corresponding Reserve or Guard branches.
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