(730 ILCS 167/25)
(a) The Court shall order the defendant to submit to an eligibility screening and an
assessment through the VA, VAC, and/or the IDVA to provide information on the defendant's veteran
or servicemember status.
(b) The Court shall order the defendant to submit to an eligibility screening and mental
health and drug/alcohol screening and assessment of the defendant by the VA, VAC, or by the IDVA to
provide assessment services for Illinois Courts. The assessment shall include a risks
assessment and be based, in part, upon the known availability of treatment resources available to
the Veterans and Servicemembers Court. The assessment shall also include recommendations
for treatment of the conditions which are indicating a need for treatment under the monitoring
of the Court and be reflective of a level of risk assessed for the individual seeking admission. An
assessment need not be ordered if the Court finds a valid screening and/or assessment related to
the present charge pending against the defendant has been completed within the previous 60
(c) The judge shall inform the defendant that if the defendant fails to meet the conditions
of the Veterans and Servicemembers Court program, eligibility to participate in the program may
be revoked and the defendant may be sentenced or the prosecution continued as provided in the
Unified Code of Corrections for the crime charged.
(d) The defendant shall execute a written agreement with the Court as to his or her
participation in the program and shall agree to all of the terms and conditions of the program,
including but not limited to the possibility of sanctions or incarceration for failing to abide or
comply with the terms of the program.
(e) In addition to any conditions authorized under the Pretrial Services Act and Section 5-6-3 of the Unified Code of Corrections, the Court may order the defendant to complete substance
abuse treatment in an outpatient, inpatient, residential, or jail-based custodial treatment program,
order the defendant to complete mental health counseling in an inpatient or outpatient basis,
comply with physicians' recommendation regarding medications and all follow up treatment.
This treatment may include but is not limited to post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain
injury and depression.
(f) The Court may establish a mentorship program that provides access and support to program participants by peer recovery coaches. Courts shall be responsible to administer the mentorship program with the support of volunteer veterans and local veteran service organizations, including a VAC. Peer recovery coaches shall be trained and certified by the Court prior to being assigned to participants in the program.
(Source: P.A. 99-314, eff. 8-7-15; 99-819, eff. 8-15-16.)