Veterans treatment program celebrates one year anniversary

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By Lindsay Starr Platt, Correspondent

Bell County Commissioners Court met for a regular meeting on March 21 at Bell County Courthouse. Minutes from last meeting were approved. As well as, the Personnel/Budget Amendment.

Samantha Haynes, Veterans Treatment Court Coordinator, gave a presentation on the one-year update on the Bell County Veterans Treatment. The program this past year has been helping 22 participants. The participants come from county attorney offices around the county. Veterans Treatment Court is a 12-month participation minimum program. Participants get the chance to “level up” in the program. The program also does not cost the county any money to upkeep.
“We focus on helping the veterans and have them work together,” said, Haynes. “Working together helps build that camaraderie they were used to in the military.”

Many of the participants have issues to include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) infractions are the majority of the infractions of participants. Also in the program are Domestic Violence offenders. To participate in the program as a Domestic Violence offender, the victim must also consent to treatment. Haynes also mentioned that one-third of the participants female. Many of the female participants are dealing with issues that surround Military Sexual Trauma in addition to PTSD and TBI.

Haynes invited all in attendance at Commissioners Court to the one year celebration event of Veterans Treatment Court on March 24 in Auxiliary Courtroom Number Two at 3:00 p.m.

“At the anniversary we will be conducting court that day, and the public can stay,” commented, Haynes. “The public will get a chance to see participants “level up” in the program.”

Climatec’s Technical Support Agreement was considered and approved for three years for the cost of $7,075.00 a year. Also approved in this agreement was the Climatec’s Software Upgrade with Compass Enterprise for $14,500.00. These approval will be in use at Courthouse, Communications Center and KIlleen Annex Building 1 BAS (Building Automation System).

Following the meeting was a workshop session, where items were discussed, but no action would be taken.