For Immediate Release - December 26, 2013

Boston Municipal Court Announces New Veterans Treatment Court Session in Central Division

BOSTON, MA -- The Boston Municipal Court Department announces the implementation of a Veterans Treatment Court session in the Central Division of the BMC. This new Veterans Treatment Court will be the second in Massachusetts, following the implementation of a Veterans Treatment Court in Dedham 18 months ago.

This session, slated to begin January 29th, will be staffed with specially trained judges, clinicians, probation officers and attorneys and is adapted to consider and meet the specific needs of veterans. The purpose of the session is to incorporate rehabilitative and treatment services for veterans by providing them with the tools and services to help them overcome substance abuse issues, alcoholism, mental health issues and emotional disabilities, assisting them to lead productive and law-abiding lifestyles. In addition to treatment, the session incorporates resources for academic and vocational training, job skills and placement services. Through a coordinated strategy, the program provides a continuum of treatment with frequent monitoring for substances through frequent alcohol and/or drug testing. The probationers entered into the Veterans Court session will receive strong and continuous judicial supervision.  Judge Eleanor C. Sinnott, a former Navy Intelligence Officer attached to Special Operations Command - Korea, will preside over the court.

BMC Chief Justice Designate Robert Ronquillo and Chief Justice of the Trial Court Paula M. Carey gratefully acknowledge the participants who have collaborated with them to make this implementation possible. The development of the Veterans Court session was a true collaborative effort.

Chief Justice Carey and Chief Justice Ronquillo acknowledge the generous support of Mayor Thomas M. Menino who is providing $65,000 for the court’s implementation, which will be spent on hiring a case flow management specialist, monitoring devices, printing of participant and mentoring handbooks, the purchase of military flags and other essential costs. Special thanks also go to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, who has provided a team to assist and provide resources to the court, Clerk-Magistrate Daniel Hogan, Probation Commissioner Edward J. Dolan, the Committee on Public Counsel Services, Dedham First Justice Mary Hogan Sullivan, the Massachusetts Department of Veteran Services, the Federal Department of Veteran Affairs, the Boston Veterans Outreach Office, the Boston Veteran Center, the New England Homeless Veterans Center and the University of Massachusetts Joiner Center.