New Developments in California Law and Treatment
Veteran advocates, mental health care providers and criminal justice professionals now recognize evidence that military service-related mental or cognitive injuries may contribute to criminality. As a result, a movement to treat rather than incarcerate veterans in eligible cases has emerged throughout the nation. California stands as a bellwether in this movement with a growing number of veteran treatment courts. In addition, the California legislature has expanded on criminal laws which provide alternative standards and sentencing for veterans with mental health trauma, and post-traumatic stress disorder is increasingly being used in criminal defense.
This webinar will provide behavioral health providers, veteran legal advocates, and others with an understanding of the circumstances in which veterans can become justice-involved, data on justice involvement, and California laws and treatment programs which affect veterans in criminal justice.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
1 – 3 PM
MFT, LPCC, LEP and LCSW professionals licensed in California are eligible for two (2) continuing education units.
Attendees will learn
- The Character of Veterans in Criminal Justice
Presented by Megan Zottarelli, Senior Analyst, Institute for Veteran Policy at Swords to Plowshares
- California Legislation Affecting Veterans in Criminal Justice
Presented by Scott Franklin, Public Defender, Sacramento County
- California Veteran Treatment Courts for Eligible Veterans
Presented by Duncan MacVicar, California Veterans Legal Taskforce
- Megan Zottarelli
Megan manages the Institute for Veteran Policy’s research and analysis of legislation, data, and issues related to veterans, and creates formal summaries and recommendations to lawmakers and key stakeholders to increase access to services and support for veterans and their families. She is the author of “Veterans and Criminal Justice: a Review of the Literature” which has been used in curriculum for attorneys, as well as numerous curricula for the National Association of Social Workers and others. She has a long history working in mental health advocacy.
- Scott Franklin
Scott has been a Sacramento County Public Defender for 11 years. During the last four years, Scott assisted in creating the Sacramento County Veterans Treatment Court and active in assisting the Homeless Veteran Community in legal matters. Scott has testified before the California Senate Veterans Affairs committee, educating the legislature on Veterans Treatment Courts and Veterans Diversion. Scott serves on the Governor’s Interagency Council on Veterans- Legal Task Force.
- Duncan MacVicar
Duncan spends most of his time working with VLTF to establish Veterans Treatment Courts (VTCs) throughout Northern California. Duncan works nationally to promote diversion and alternative sentencing for veterans, seeking formal recognition of the value of treatment over incarceration for traumatized veterans accused of a crime. Duncan holds degrees from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and from UC Berkeley. He served in Vietnam as a captain in the Army Engineers.