The Missouri General Assembly last week passed legislation (SB 118) that will allow veterans in Missouri who commit certain low level crimes to participate in a special court tailored to their needs. Sponsored by Senator Will Kraus (R-Lee’s Summit), this bill authorizes circuit courts, or a combination of circuit courts, to establish veteran’s treatment courts for military personnel struggling with addictions or serious mental illness.
The MCC supported veteran’s courts because they address the unique needs of veterans and are based on the highly successful drug court model. Missouri currently has four veteran’s treatment courts, but without statutory authority federal funds are not available to these courts to provide services to participants.
The bill will become law if signed by Governor Nixon.