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The Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court is a hybrid drug and mental health court that serves veterans who are struggling with addiction and / or mental illness by diverting them from the traditional criminal justice system into a specialized veterans court. 

It is a collaborative effort among the Western New York (WNY) Veterans Project, Buffalo Police Department, Buffalo Veteran’s Administration Health Care System, Buffalo Criminal Courts, Buffalo Drug and Mental Health Treatment Courts, Erie County Pre-trial Services and the C.O.U.R.T.S  Program (Court Outreach Unit Referral and Treatment Service), and the Buffalo Veteran Mentor Group (a separate nonprofit organization).


   Judge Russell and his Mentor Coordinator Jack O'Connor meet with President Obama

On Veterans Day 20016  Judge Russell and Jack O'Connor were invited to meet with the President
at the White house
A select group of veterans were present. Judge Russell was invited because he started the first veterans Court in America.It was a special day for both men




Recent News:

  • VA Secretary McDonald Meets with Judge Robert Russell (2015-07-25) The first Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) was started in 2008 in Buffalo, NY. Today, there are 220 operational VTCs in the U.S. serving 11,000 veterans. On Friday, July ...
    Posted Jan 5, 2017, 8:47 AM by Jack O'Connor
  • The 'win-win-win' Tompkins could use to help jailed veterans (2015-07-01) ITHACA, N.Y. — There is a proven way to drive down incarceration rates among veterans. Veterans Treatment Courts are described by experts as a “win-win-win” solution.Recidivism rates ...
    Posted Jan 5, 2017, 8:40 AM by Jack O'Connor
  • What is a Veterans Treatment Court? (2015-07-01) ITHACA, N.Y. —  A Veterans Treatment Court, or VTC, deals exclusively with veterans. These courts pay special attention to the stressors and mental illnesses that follow veterans home and attempt ...
    Posted Jan 5, 2017, 8:38 AM by Jack O'Connor
  • Judge Robert Russell Receives the AMVETS Silver Helmut Award (06-22-2015) The AMVETS Silver Helmet Award was awarded to Judge Robert Russell who created and has presided over the Veteran’s Treatment Court in Buffalo, New York since January of 2008 ...
    Posted Jan 5, 2017, 8:35 AM by Jack O'Connor
  • For Vets, Rehab Rather than Prison (01-31-2014) Ronald Taucher, an Air Force veteran, was back in federal court last week. Unlike his past court appearances, however, when Taucher battled alcohol abuse and risked going to jail, now ...
    Posted Jan 5, 2017, 8:33 AM by Jack O'Connor
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