The Center provides assistance for active duty and veteran service members with three programs: The Veterans’ Project (VP), The Military Veteran Peer Network Project, and The Veterans’ Treatment Court. In addition to integrated health services, we train and team you with a “Battle Buddy,” a veteran who provides peer-to-peer role support. The Center also works with the Texas Veteran Jail Diversion & Trauma Recovery Project (TVJDTR), training law enforcement on effective crisis intervention strategies when encountering a veteran experiencing the effects of mental illness. Bexar County Court #6 can designate deferred adjudication linked to care delivered by The Center.
The Veterans’ Treatment Court
Based on the successful Drug Court model, the Veterans Treatment Court serves veterans struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Military Sexual Trauma (MST), addiction, mental illness and/or co-occurring disorders. The long term goal of this problem-solving court is the restoration of the veteran’s quality of life and the reduction of conflicts that might lead to additional incarceration. The program provides the veteran with treatment and supportive services. The Veterans Treatment Court has a case management component that promotes service coordination and easier access to services such as employment, education, housing, and benefits counseling. The Bexar County Veterans Treatment Court is the first in the County to have a pre-trial diversion component. The person must attend every court docket for a year and demonstrate progress as The Center facilitates the veteran’s participation in programs that work to restore quality of life and result in productive independence.
The Military Veteran Peer Network Project (MVPN Connection)
The MVPN Connection is an affiliation of service members, veterans and family members dedicated to establishing camaraderie and trust, identifying and vetting community resources and, collectively, contributing to the communities where we live. Our MVPN coordinator runs several training, educational, and awareness opportunities in support of veteran’s services.
The Center’s Veteran’s Services team has also developed working relationships with many veterans and military family support organizations in San Antonio, and they can help connect you to the services you need to re-acclimate to the civilian environment.
The Supports in Housing for Veterans’ Project (VP)
The VP team brings services to our homeless veterans with the goal of eradicating homelessness among our veteran population by 2016. The population we serve includes homeless veterans with substance abuse or co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and military sexual trauma. Peer mentoring and case management are provided throughout treatment and housing placement to support retention and recovery. The Veterans Project strives to enroll and place 75 homeless veterans in permanent housing across the project period.