The Kane County Veterans Treatment Court will hold its first graduation ceremony at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, at the Kane County Judicial Center Court Room 123, 37W777 Route 38, St. Charles.
The graduation is open to the public.
The Kane County Veterans Treatment Court began in January 2018. This ceremony will be for the first graduate of the program.
The ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive substance abuse and mental health treatment and accountability for a combat veteran who served in the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps. Master of Ceremonies for the graduation will be Kane County Specialty Court Judge Marmarie Kostelny.
“We are excited to celebrate the success of our first graduate,” Kostelny said. “He has done an outstanding job in a very rigorous program. Our veterans make great sacrifices for the benefit of our nation. I am proud that our judicial system has a program designed to assist veterans who have struggled upon their return home.”
The graduation will include a color guard, and words by the graduate and his treatment team.
Veterans’ treatment courts have gained national prominence as the most innovative solution for veterans caught up in the criminal justice system due to substance use and/or mental health disorders and trauma.
A growing number of veterans suffer from PTSD and traumatic brain injury. These issues can be exacerbated by the loss of structure and camaraderie found in the military.
Research continues to link substance use disorders with service-related mental health conditions. These conditions can increase involvement with the justice system.
In the Kane County Veterans Treatment Court, those veterans with a diagnosed mental health condition or substance use disorder engage in treatment while under close supervision. Veterans Treatment Court participants are required to complete all necessary treatment and are regularly and randomly tested for drug and alcohol use.
Veterans are required to appear frequently in court for the judge to review their progress. Research continues to show that Veterans Treatment Courts work better than jail or prison and better than treatment alone.
Veterans Treatment Courts connect these men and women to the benefits and treatment they deserve, saving their lives, families, and futures, while saving tax dollars for the American public.
SOURCE: 16th Judicial Circuit news release