The past two weeks I was called up for jury duty. I had never been called for jury duty when I did not have a legitimate excuse to not attend, like being in school. So I got to sit for hours and hours and hours…. and never get picked for a jury.
But I did learn a little something that I thought the folk around here may find interesting as well.
On my second day, the judge that presided over the panel selection process was also the presiding judge on the local veteran’s treatment court. He explained a little about it, but I think this video probably does a better job than I could.
In short, veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and brain injuries that get in trouble with the law because of substance abuse problems go through this court to receive court required mental health services, more frequent check-ins with their parole officers than normal as well as surprise drug tests.
Not only do I think this a wonderful idea, I wish it would expand to include non-veterans as well. People with brain injuries are at much greater risk than the average person to fall into substance abuse to help them cope with some aspect of life that boggles their limited cognitive abilities. Unfortunately in this grand country, alcohol and drugs are more readily available than mental health services, so brain injured people are more likely to turn to those en lieu of actual treatment. The veterans court seems to help right the ship, so to speak, and ensure that as many as can be put on a path to self-improvement are.
So anyway, just wanted to tell everyone about this great program and highlight that perhaps occasionally the government does have some positive points within!