Southern Arizona Justice for Veterans (SAJV) is an all volunteer, 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.
Our mission is to assist veterans involved in the justice system due to mental health disorders, trauma, and substance use in becoming active contributing members of our community by fundraising in support of the Regional Municipal Veterans Treatment Court and the life-changing services it provides.
Monies raised by SAJV provide gap funding for the life-changing rehabilitative and supportive services and treatment offered as an alternative to jail through the Regional Municipalities Veterans Treatment Court (RMVTC), serving Tucson, Oro Valley, Marana, and Suaharita.
Listen to the story of how the RMVTC was founded to give those who served our country a second chance by clicking on the Learn More button below.
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The Regional Municipal Veterans' Treatment Court saves our heroes from suicide, unemployment, and living on the streets by providing the treatment and services they have earned.
Donate today. Your donation in any amount helps us fund treatment and services that build self-sufficiency and sobriety.
Are you a Veteran? Become a Mentor!
Help keep veterans out of jail and prison—and prevent the loss of one of our nation’s greatest assets.
Whether you contribute through monetary donations, becoming a mentor, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you.
Without the generous assistance from people like you, military veterans in Pima County may not receive the life changing treatment and services offered through the RMVTC as an alternative to time in jail.
According to the National Veterans Foundation, "Combat today is vastly different than it was even 40-50 years ago, and the new war on terror has increased the trauma and emotional toll combat has had on our service members." A study published by the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) involving
more than 675,000 active duty personnel determined a growing number of veterans in our communities suffer from substance use disorders, mental health conditions (such as PTSD), and trauma (such as traumatic brain injury).
These serious health conditions can be exacerbated by the loss of structure and camaraderie found in the military. And, these conditions increase the likelihood of involvement with the justice system. In fact, The Bureau of Justice Statistics reported nationwide:
Justice For Vets, the national nonprofit organization that helps cities like Tucson establish Veterans Courts, reports:
Founded in 2009 by Judge Michael Pollard to assist veterans and active-duty service members who had run-ins with the law and landed in a courtroom, the RMVTC offers the opportunity for veterans to accept treatment as an alternative to time in jail.
The RMVTC is a nationally recognized model both for rehabilitating and returning veterans to the community as contributing and productive individuals. These outcomes directly financially benefit each of the municipalities served, not only in cost saving for incarceration, treatments and recidivism; but also in direct benefits to the veterans themselves, their families, and the community.
The RMVTC offers:
And, we know Veteran Courts work.
The Community Mental Health Journal released the first published study on Veterans Treatment Court in 2015, and the results are outstanding. The study concluded that:
SAJV works to engage individuals and community organizations in providing critical gap funding to the RMVTC. While original funding was awarded from Substance Abuse and Mental health Services Administration (SAMSHA) grants, this funding has ended.
Today, veterans in our Tucson communities face losing access to these life-changing rehabilitative services. We need your donations to ensure funding for Tucson's Regional Municipal Veterans Court.
When you help veterans in our Tucson communities by donating to SAJV -- you help save lives, families, and futures, as well as tax dollars for the American public.
If you are a veteran who needs more information about the RMVTC services offered and eligibility requirements, please contact Cassondra.Forste@tucsonaz.gov
The Tucson Veteran's Court, formally known as Regional Municipalities Veterans Treatment Court (RMVTC), is an adult drug court designed to address the misdemeanor charges of military veterans residing or arrested in Pima County, Arizona by providing rehabilitative and support services as alternatives to jail.
The Court provides substance abuse and general mental health treatment, peer support services, legal services, and mentorship to engage veterans in building self-sufficiency and sobriety.
Click the button below to learn more about Veteran's Court on City of Tucson's official website.
Your support and contributions will enable us to provide critical services to military veterans in Southern Arizona.
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View this brief video to hear from veterans about the life changing services they received from Tucson's Veteran's Court and its mentoring program.