The Greater Houston Region is home to more than 280,000 veterans – almost one-fifth of the state’s veteran population. A decade of collaborative efforts initially led by a tri-party partnership between Harris County, the City of Houston, and MHA of Greater Houston has produced a robust network of veteran-serving organizations. This initial work also brought the attention of large national veteran-serving organizations that are now providing services in our region. Even so, veterans who struggle during their community reintegration process due to their wounds of war and become involved with the justice system are still severely underserved. The role of our Veterans’ Behavioral Health program, helping justice-involved veterans is one of a servant leader. The program’s most significant partnership is with the Veterans Treatment Courts. The program provides peer mentorship and connection to services and support for veterans participating in three treatment court programs – the Harris County Felony Court, the Harris County Misdemeanor Court, and the Galveston County Felony & Misdemeanor Courts.
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