Courts must strike balance between TREATING the “justice involved veteran” and PROTECTING the community. Mentors will play a role on the team in striking that balance.
What is the role of the Mentor?
Unique, Complex, Critical!
Mentors provide resources or links to resources. They provide time. They help the veteran engage the various support systems and obtain the help they need. The justice-‐involved veteran has to navigate the court, their treatment, their life issues, and the VA. You can help them communicate their needs and issues and play a role in ensuring your veteran gets the help they need. 75% of the role is JUST BEING A FRIEND!
The mentoring program is an essential and vital part of any veterans’ treatment court. Experience has shown that veterans were more likely to respond more favorably with another Veteran than with others who did not have similar experiences. Veterans, when talking with other veterans, would be more relaxed and less tense about their situation. This change in demeanor makes a deeper impact on the lives of the veterans.
Duties and Responsibilities: