Veterans Justice Outreach Program and Health Care for Re-entry Veterans - VA Portland Health Care System
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Veterans Justice Outreach Program and Health Care for Re-entry Veterans

The purpose of the Veteran Justice Outreach (VJO) initiative is to avoid the unnecessary criminalization of mental illness and extended incarceration among Veterans,  VJO Outreach ensures that eligible justice-involved Veterans have timely access to VHA mental health and substance abuse services when clinically indicated.

Each VA Medical Center has a Veterans Justice Outreach Specialist(s), who provides direct outreach, assessment, and case management for Veterans in local courts and jails.  We can help Veterans navigate the justice system. VJO specialists also serve as liaison with local justice system partners.

VJO Scope of Practice

VJO CAN:

1. Assess Veteran’s needs and identify appropriate VA and some non-VA services.

2. Refer and link qualified Veterans to appropriate VA services.

3. Liaise between VA and courts, attorneys, and community partners.

VJO CANNOT:

1. Provide any legal advice.

2. Perform forensic psychological evaluations for the court.

3. Accept custody of a Veteran.

4. Guarantee VA program acceptance.

Areas of Focus

Jails:

Provide direct outreach to jails and collaborate with jail leadership to identify incarcerated Veterans who are eligible for VA services. Assist eligible Veterans to engage in VA services upon their release.

Courts & Attorneys:

Provide information and education to attorneys and courts about VA services available to eligible Veterans. Assist with the implementation of Veterans Courts and serve as a member of Veterans Court Teams.

Law enforcement:

Provide training to local law enforcement on Veterans issues. Collaborate on strategies to effectively help Veterans who come into contact with law enforcement which includes education about Veteran specific issues, such as Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ( PTSD), and adjustment to civilian life after serving in the military.

How to reach a VJO Specialist: (503) 721-1025

Health Care for Re-entry Veterans (HCRV)

The VA Health Care for Re-entry Veterans (HCRV) program targets Veterans who are serving prison sentences in State or Federal facilities and need assistance with reentry back to their community.  Each releasing Veteran can leave the prison with a location-specific re-entry resource plan with both VA and Community resources that can be accessed following release.  For more information:  https://www.va.gov/homeless/reentry.asp



page updated: January 24, 2019

Contact Info

Location

  • VAPORHCS

Contact Number(s)

  • 503-721-1025

Hours of Operation

  • 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.