Impacting Veteran Health & Well-Being

Identifying and assisting veterans in the criminal justice system in Milwaukee County through a Veteran Treatment Initiative

Full Project Name:Implementing Systems Change to Impact Veteran Health & Well-beingPrimary Community Organization:Center for Veterans IssuesPrimary Academic Partner:Leslie Ruffalo, PhD, Family and Community MedicineAward Amount:$343,877
Award Date
July2017
Project Duration:36 months

Project Description Narrative:


The unique characteristics and experiences of veterans lead to a heightened risk for psychiatric, medical and social problems, making veterans an important population to consider for the development and adoption of policy-driven, research-based criminal justice interventions. Veteran-serving collaborators from diverse, integrated sectors of the community will develop and implement locally designed and informed policies to assist veterans involved in the criminal justice system in Milwaukee County leading to a revamped Veteran Treatment Initiative (VTI) with an expanded infrastructure aimed at reducing recidivism, increasing restitution paid, and reducing drug/alcohol use among veterans in Milwaukee County communities.

Community partners:

Department of Corrections, Dryhootch of America, IMPACT, Law Enforcement Liaisons with the Milwaukee Police Department and DA investigator, Milwaukee County 1st Judicial District, Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office, Milwaukee Behavioral Health Department, State Public Defender/Private Defense Bar, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Zablocki VA Medical Center

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