VETERANS DIVERSIONARY program

With an understanding of the many sacrifices made, the OCPO developed a Veteran’s Diversionary Program in 2016 — one of the first of its kind in the State. The Veteran’s Diversionary Program offers veterans who face criminal charges an alternative to criminal prosecution. The program is specifically designed for veterans suffering from mental illnesses and post-traumatic stress disorder arising from their service. Upon voluntary admission into the Program, veterans are offered a case specific, treatment-focused plan which includes one-on-one mentoring by fellow veterans. These veteran mentors are volunteers that assist a fellow veteran in addressing the underlying problems associated with their present criminal charges.

In December 2017, Governor Christie signed legislation to create a statewide Veteran’s Diversion Program. The program links veterans with existing services so that they can get the necessary treatment, counseling and other services as an alternative to prosecution.