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What is Treatment Court?

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The National Association of Drug Court Professionals states that "Treatment courts are the single most successful intervention in our nation’s history for leading people living with substance use and mental health disorders out of the justice system and into lives of recovery and stability."

– Quoted from From the National Association of Drug Court Professionals

A Better Solution for Shelby County.

The Shelby County Veterans’ Court is our regional Treatment Court. It primarily provides treatment—instead of incarceration—to veterans of our armed forces.

  • The SCVC (Shelby County Veterans' Court) is a judicially monitored program.

  • The SCVC provides a means to divert eligible veteran participants from the traditional criminal justice system

  • The SCBS provides participants with support and rehabilitation through comprehensive substance abuse and/or mental health treatment.

  • The SCVC has the ability to refer participants to quality education and vocational programs.

  • The SCVC can provide community resource referrals for housing, childcare, and transportation

  • When a Veteran is identified at the time of a criminal booking in Shelby County, he or she may be referred to Veterans' Court to be assessed for eligibility in a rehabilitation plan.

  • Upon completion of a personalized and closely-supervised Court program typically lasting two years, the Veteran may graduate and, if deemed appropriate by the Court, have the criminal charges expunged.

  • Implemented in 2012, it is the first and largest Veterans’ Treatment Court in the State of Tennessee. The Court requires complete commitment from participants, and has a single-digit recidivism rate. 

For more on what the SCVC does, visit the court's website at

A Better Option for Our Veterans.

"Hon. William “Bill” Anderson Jr., Presiding Judge of Shelby County Veterans' Court is quoted as saying:


"Veterans treatment courts across the country work. They take people out of the jail system which is what they are designed to do. They rehabilitate them and get them back to where they were before they came in.

We are just taking a segment of people that I think deserve more attention, who have earned more attention for their service to our country. They earned what they deserve, what they fought for. They are in the right to live the good life in the United States. To be happy."

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