King County Veterans Court celebrates Veterans Day and Court graduates, Nov. 9

Regional Veterans Court will be holding a celebration of all veterans and a graduation for those successfully completing the court program on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 1 p.m. at the King County Courthouse, Courtroom E-326. The celebration is open to all who wish to attend.

Regional Veterans Court is a specialized track within King County District Court that connects veterans in the justice system to health and behavioral health treatment, housing and other services they may need to re-stabilize their lives. The Court helps veterans stay out of further involvement in the justice system, and reduces the use of jails and emergency services by veterans.

The team uses a collaborative approach to identify the underlying issues that led to a veteran’s involvement in the justice system, and develops a personalized treatment plan. Participants receive behavioral health care and social services from the federal and state departments of Veteran Affairs, the King County Veterans Program, and other local providers of veteran services.

“Regional Veterans Court is an excellent example of how we can improve outcomes for our community to keep it safe and to help veterans find their way back to their communities,” said Regional Mental Health Court/Regional Veterans Court Judge Ketu Shah. “It is incredibly moving to see our participating veterans recover in their health and support each other to achieve positive relationships with their families, co-workers, and peers.”

Funding for Regional Veterans Court is provided by the voter-approved King County Veterans and Human Services Levy which is on the ballot for renewal at the November 7 election in King County.