Rep VerHeulen Budget panel votes to boost funding for veterans courts

Rep VerHeulen Budget panel votes to boost funding for veterans courts

first_img Categories: VerHeulen News More funding will be available for veterans courts under a budget approved today by a Michigan House subcommittee, state Rep. Rob VerHeulen announced.The judiciary budget bill includes an additional $436,000 for specialty courts aimed at treating military veterans and active-duty personnel, bringing total funding to $936,000.“Members of the military put themselves in harm’s way to protect our country, and the sacrifices made by these men and women don’t stop when they take off their uniforms. Veterans often are left with a variety of issues, which at times lead to trouble with the law,” said VerHeulen, of Walker. “We owe it to our veterans to ensure they get the treatment they deserve. Veterans courts offer programs tailored to the unique needs of military personnel to help them heal and reduce the chances that they will reoffend in the future.”The budget also preserves funding for other problem-solving courts, funding mental health courts with $5.5 million and drug treatment courts with $11.8 million.According to the State Court Administrative Office, graduates of the state’s 185 drug, sobriety, mental health and veterans courts are two- to three-times less likely to reoffend, and such programs have reduced participant unemployment by 74 percent.“Overall, I’m pleased with this budget,” VerHeulen said. “It’s a fiscally sound spending plan that properly funds Michigan’s judicial system.”The judiciary budget now moves to the House Appropriations Committee for consideration.### 29Mar Rep. VerHeulen: Budget panel votes to boost funding for veterans courtslast_img

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