Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation
sponsored by Sen. Althoff that creates special courts for veterans accused of
The measure, House Bill 5214,
specifically creates the Veterans and Servicemembers Court Treatment Act,
aimed at veterans who suffer from substance abuse disorders, Post-Traumatic
Stress Syndrome and other mental health issues.
Veterans and service members are
eligible to participate after an eligibility screening and assessment is
undertaken prior to acceptance into the program. In addition, the prosecutor
and court must green-light the veteran’s eligibility.
For more information, please visit
the General Assembly’s Web site at www.ilga.gov.
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