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Veterans' Project

The North Shore-LIJ Health System's Law & Psychiatry Institute, working in collaboration with Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman of the State of New York, the Unified Court System of New York, the Veteran’s Administration, and the District Attorneys of Kings County (Charles J. Hynes), Queens County (Richard A. Brown), and Nassau County (Kathleen Rice) established three county-based Veterans’ Mental Health Courts. These courts are designed to divert veterans with mental health disorders (including co-occurring substance abuse) who have committed nonviolent criminal offenses from incarceration to behavioral health evaluation and treatment. This innovative program has a special focus on veterans having served in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) combat theaters, since for a significant proportion of such soldiers, behavioral health problems may be related to their combat exposure.

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