Tucson City Court is awarded two federal grants | Health
Tucson City Court is the proud recipient of two federal grants, worth over $1.1 million to be paid out over the next three years.
The first grant, from the Department of Justice, worth $430,899 will help establish a dedicated Domestic Violence Court and provide education on domestic violence issues. The grant will also provide American Sign Language interpreters for the deaf and hard of hearing victims of domestic violence, in collaboration with Emerge! Center against Domestic Violence and Community Outreach for the Deaf.
The second grant, from the Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) worth $250,000 a year for three years, will help expand the Tucson City Court’s Veterans Court into a Regional Municipality Veterans Court (RMVC), as well as add treatment services for veterans assigned to the RMVC. The municipalities participating are Marana, Oro Valley, South Tucson, and Sahuarita.
The RMVC is a program that directs veterans charged with certain offenses to rehabilitation services and helps at-risk veterans avoid further legal difficulties. The program also involves veteran participating in a tailored treatment program aimed at getting them back on their feet.
If a veteran successfully completes the Court’s treatment program and does not commit further offenses, charges will often be dismissed. The program is available to veterans charged with misdemeanors not including sexual or violent crimes. The RMVC will be partnering with several service providers, among them are the Veterans Administration, HOPE Incorporated, Pima Prevention Partnership and Old Pueblo Community Services.