Veterans Justice Involved Services
Jewish Family Service (JFS) was selected for a Veterans pilot program. The Atlantic County program is aimed at identifying and providing community-based services to Veterans and active military personnel. The two-year Veterans Justice Involved Services program helps those who have served in the military to get services rather than go to jail when mental health issues and substance abuse lead to criminal activity. JFS staff identifies potential Veteran participants; provide clinical assessments, monitor participants and report to the court on the progress and status.
Requirements for program selection
- Veteran or Active Duty Military; including National Guard service
- Diagnosis or suspicion of mental illness (there may also be a co-occurring substance use issue)
- Criminal charge of an indictable offense with case approval by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office
Veteran services include
- Assessment for program selection and advocacy with the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office
- Connection to mental health and substance use treatment services and Veteran services
- Ongoing advocacy throughout the criminal justice system
- Liaison services for family reunification
- Assistance with basic needs, transportation and peer support
- Outreach meetings at the jail, courts, participants home or connection service locations
- Guidance through the court case and provision of supportive services to see that participants fulfill any mandates or orders required for jailor prison diversion
JFS assures top quality care for clients with certified, licensed professionals. Veterans Justice Involved Services staffs a military war Veteran who has dedicated his career to making a difference in the lives of young men and women in our community.
Veterans Justice Involved Services at JFS is funded by the NJ Attorney General’s Office, which services 20 participants per year. Our collaborators include the Atlantic County Bar Association, Atlantic County Justice Facility, Atlantic County Probation, Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, Atlantic County Public Defender’s Office, Atlantic County Superior Court, Atlantic County Veterans Office, New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, and the VA.
For more information or to make a referral, please contact Associate Director, Justice Involved Services, Gretchen Raring at 609-287-6564 or email.