Denver Drug Court implements a Veterans Track

DENVER – Some military veterans charged with non-violent crimes may now have the
opportunity to be enrolled in a court-monitored treatment and accountability program under an
expansion of the Denver Adult Drug Court.  The court earlier this month opened a Veterans Track within its existing program. The new
track is designed to balance the specialized treatment needs of veterans with the need to protect


the community’s safety. The goal is to provide non-violent offenders with effective treatment
while holding them accountable for their actions.
“I am elated and proud to be a part of this effort to address the needs of those who have
given so much and who have subsequently suffered greatly,” said Magistrate Jeffrey English,
who presides over the Denver Adult Drug Court. “I appreciate the efforts of the many agencies
involved which have educated the courts on veterans’ needs and who were instrumental in
implementing the Veterans Track.”
The National Association of Drug Court Professionals reports one in six veterans returning
from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq suffer from a substance abuse challenge. One in five has
symptoms of a mental disorder or cognitive impairment. Post-traumatic stress disorder can be an
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Colorado Judicial Branch
Michael L. Bender, Chief Justice
Gerald Marroney, State Court Administrator underlying factor in crimes allegedly committed and subsequent involvement with the criminal
justice system.
“The Denver Adult Drug Court once again is in the forefront in addressing the critical needs
of vulnerable segments of our society,” said Denver District Court Chief Judge Robert S. Hyatt.
“Providing a specialized court experience for veterans is a logical extension of the many services
already available in the Denver Adult Drug Court.”
Partners in creating the Veterans Track within Denver Adult Drug Court include the Denver
Department of Human Services, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Denver Adult Probation,
Denver District Attorney’s Office and the Denver Public Defender’s Office. Also participating is
the Colorado Division of Behavioral Health, which received a five-year jail diversion and trauma
recovery-priority to veterans (JDTR) grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Services Administration (SAMHSA).
The new arm of the Denver Adult Drug Court is the second court program in Colorado
specifically designed to address the needs of military veterans. A Veteran Trauma Court in the
4th Judicial District (El Paso and Teller counties) has been operating for two years with a similar
goal and program. 
For more information on Veterans Track program and the Veterans Trauma Court, contact
Laura Williams, Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Behavioral Health, at
This information is provided as an e-mail service of the Colorado State Judicial Branch, Office of State Court Administrator, 101

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