Municipal Court holds Veterans Treatment Court graduation; National Drug Court and Mental Health Month recognized
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 3, 2017
Retired U.S. Army Reserves Col. Howard A. Berry will deliver the keynote address on Wednesday, May 3, when Municipal Court holds its Veterans Treatment Court graduation — part of the celebration for National Drug Court and National Mental Health Month.
The ceremony starts at 3 p.m. at Municipal Court.
The event marks the completion of an intensive program of treatment, close supervision and full accountability for the four graduates. To qualify for graduation, participants had to complete at least one year with their program and six months of treatment. They also had to demonstrate at least six months of sobriety.
Vet Court began in 2009 and is one of the City’s three problem-solving courts that provide qualifying offenders with services like substance abuse treatment and/or mental health treatment in lieu of jail time. Vet Court is designed to meet the identified needs of United States military veterans.
The City’s other treatment courts — Drug Court and Mental Health Court — provide services to non-veterans and are celebrating 15-year anniversaries this year. Kansas City Municipal Mental Health Court began in 2002. Drug Court began in 2002 but was formalized in 2007. The uplifting ceremony in Vet Court reaffirms the message that these treatment programs reduce drug use, crime, and recidivism while saving lives, families, and valuable state resources.
There are 3,142 treatment courts operating nationwide, with more than 1.5 million individuals served. Research shows that treatment courts work better than incarceration, better than probation, and better than treatment alone. Nationally, 75 percent of individuals who complete such programs are not re‐arrested. These courts save up to $13,000 for every individual they serve and return as much as $27 for every $1 invested.
For more information, contact Benita Jones, public information officer for the Municipal Court, at 816-513-6711 or by email.