"Co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders court program" means a program that includes an individual with co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorder diagnoses and professionals with training and experience in treating individuals with diagnoses of substance use disorder and mental illness.
"Court" means veterans and servicemembers court.
"IDVA" means the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs.
"Peer recovery coach" means a veteran mentor as defined nationally by Justice for Vets and assigned to a veteran or servicemember during participation in a veteran treatment court program who has been approved by the court, and trained according to curriculum recommended by Justice for Vets, a service provider used by the court for substance use disorder or mental health treatment, a local service provider with an established peer recovery coach or mentor program not otherwise used by the court for treatment, or a Certified Recovery Support Specialist certified by the Illinois Certification Board. "Peer recovery coach" includes individuals with lived experiences of the issues the problem-solving court seeks to address, including, but not limited to, substance use disorder, mental illness, and co-occurring disorders or involvement with the criminal justice system. "Peer recovery coach" includes individuals required to guide and mentor the participant to successfully complete assigned requirements and to facilitate participants' independence for continued success once the supports of the court are no longer available to them.
"Post-adjudicatory veterans and servicemembers court program" means a program that allows a defendant who has admitted guilt or has been found guilty and agrees, with the defendant's consent, and the approval of the court, to enter a veterans and servicemembers court program as part of the defendant's
sentence or disposition.
"Pre-adjudicatory veterans and servicemembers court program" means a program that
allows the defendant, with the defendant's consent and the approval of the court, to enter the Veterans and Servicemembers Court program before plea, conviction, or disposition and requires successful completion of
the Veterans and Servicemembers Court programs as part of the agreement.
"Problem-Solving Court Standards" means the statewide standards adopted by the Supreme Court that set forth the minimum requirements for the planning, establishment, certification, operation, and evaluation of all problem-solving courts in this State.
"Servicemember" means a person who is currently serving in the Army, Air Force,
Marines, Navy, or Coast Guard on active duty, reserve status or in the National Guard.
"VA" means the United States Department of Veterans' Affairs.
"VAC" means a veterans assistance commission.
"Validated clinical assessment" means a validated assessment tool administered by a qualified clinician to determine the treatment needs of participants. "Validated clinical assessment" includes assessment tools required by public or private insurance.
"Veteran" means a person who previously served as an active servicemember.
"Veterans and servicemembers court professional" means a member of the veterans and servicemembers court team, including, but not limited to, a judge, prosecutor, defense
attorney, probation officer, coordinator, treatment provider.
"Veterans and servicemembers court", "veterans and servicemembers court program", "court", or "program" means a specially designated court, court calendar, or docket facilitating intensive therapeutic treatment to monitor and assist veteran or servicemember participants with substance use disorder, mental illness, co-occurring disorders, or other assessed treatment needs of eligible veteran and servicemember participants and in making positive lifestyle changes and reducing the rate of recidivism. Veterans and servicemembers court programs are nonadversarial in nature and bring
together substance use disorder professionals, mental health professionals, VA professionals, local
social programs, and intensive judicial monitoring in accordance with the nationally
recommended 10 key components of veterans treatment courts and the Problem-Solving Court Standards. Common features of a veterans and servicemembers court program include, but are not limited to, a designated judge and staff; specialized intake and screening procedures; coordinated treatment procedures administered by a trained, multidisciplinary professional team; close evaluation of participants, including continued assessments and modification of the court requirements and use of sanctions, incentives, and therapeutic adjustments to address behavior; frequent judicial interaction with participants; less formal court process and procedures; voluntary participation; and a low treatment staff-to-client ratio.
(Source: P.A. 102-1041, eff. 6-2-22.)