On Monday, March 25, Collin County District Court Judge John Roach Jr. will host a dedication honoring the creation of the Collin County Veterans’ Court, a diversion program approved by the Collin County Commissioners’ Court last November. The Honorable John Roach Jr., Judge of the 296th Judicial District Court, will oversee the Veterans’ Court in collaboration with the Collin County District Attorney’s Office, the Veterans’ Administration and Collin County Veterans’ Service Office.
The goal of the Veterans’ Court is to provide a second chance for this specialized population of Veterans with combat-related mental impairments directly related to the crime they are charged with. Eligibility requirements will be at the discretion of the Collin County District Attorney but will exclude serious felonies and those who are dishonorably discharged.
The Collin County Veterans’ Services Officers, along with the North Texas VA Health Care System’s Justice Outreach Specialists, will attend Veterans’ Court sessions to provide assistance to Veterans with underlying substance abuse, medical and behavioral conditions. Justice-Involved-Veterans will be required to complete a series of rehabilitation processes and upon graduation from the program, may be relieved of all related charges against them.
The dedication will be held at noon in the Central Jury Room of the Collin County Courthouse, 2100 Bloomdale Road, in McKinney. Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis, Collin County Judge Keith Self and United States Congressman Sam Johnson (pictured above right during his days in the service) are among the dignitaries participating in the ceremony.