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Veterans Justice Outreach

Veterans Justice Outreach Program

The aim of the Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) program is to avoid the unnecessary criminalization of mental illness and extended incarceration among Veterans by ensuring that eligible, justice-involved Veterans have timely access to Veterans Health Administration (VHA) services, as clinically indicated. VJO specialists provide direct outreach, assessment and case management for justice-involved Veterans in local courts and jails and liaison with local justice system partners.

VA cannot provide legal services. For legal assistance, visit State Side Legal's help page or contact the nearest VJO specialist, who may know of community legal assistance resources.

More Information

  • With questions about the VJO national program, contact Sean Clark, J.D., national coordinator.
  • If you or someone you know is a justice-involved Veteran, email the VJO specialist nearest you for assistance accessing VA health care services.
  • Visit the Justice for Vets site to learn more about Veterans Treatment Courts.


Picture of Incarcerated Veterans Guidebook South Central VA Health Care Network (VISN 16): Mississippi Guidebook For Incarcerated Veterans | April 2016

Download Incarcerated Veterans Guidebook

This guidebook offers resources to ease Veterans’ transition from state and federal prisons or local jails to the community.

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This fact sheet provides characteristics of and VA involvement in Veterans treatment courts, dockets and tracks from the Veterans Justice Outreach specialist perspective.

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Veterans Justice Outreach Specialist Contacts


Birmingham, Birmingham VA Medical Center, Ahmad Brewer

Mobile/South Alabama, VA Gulf Coast Health Care System, David Neslen

Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center, Natalie Hood

Tuskegee, Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System East Campus, Marguerita High


Anchorage, Alaska VA Healthcare System and Regional Office, Jeremiah Newbold 


Phoenix, Phoenix VA Health Care System, Ellyn Black, Penny MillerMichael L. Williams, Joan McCarthy

Prescott, Northern Arizona VA Health Care System, George Lawson

Tucson, Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, Steve Wenzel, Amelia Hill 


Fayetteville, Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks, Jeff Glover, Marcy VanDeBerg

Little Rock, Central Arkansas Veteran Healthcare System John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital, Toby LambertRickey Phillips, Phyllis Wilkins, Andre Jones 

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Fresno, VA Central California Health Care System, Susan Basmajian, Brenda Blum

Loma Linda, VA Loma Linda Healthcare System, Candace Andrews, Laura Rodriguez, Kelly Ross, Synthia Allen

Long Beach, VA Long Beach Healthcare System, Julie Tomlinson, Gabe Sahatjian, Sherry Neher

Los Angeles, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (GLA), Sergio AntoniukPamela Davis, Suzanne Dolan, Carla Cavalier Bowdoin 

Mather, VA Northern California Health Care System, Leah Marie Norzagaray, Kimberly Higgins

Palo Alto, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, David Grillo, Leah Emery, Frank Rainey, Matthew Stimmel 

San Diego, VA San Diego Healthcare System, Angela Simoneau, Joy Villavicencio, Marlene Rarick, Daniel Forsberg 

San Francisco, San Francisco VA Health Care System, Kevin Wright, Will Van Sant, Jenna Ferrara 


Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs Clinic, Laura Sales, Denise Ryals 

Denver, VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS), Nathan Viton, Abigail Stark 

Grand Junction, Grand Junction VA Medical Center, Rainy Reaman


VA Connecticut Healthcare System, Susie GibbsJessica Marshall, Varsha DuBose 


Wilmington, Wilmington VA Medical Center, Cecilia Gonzalez, John Walter

District of Columbia

Washington DC, Washington DC VA Medical Center, Karen Carrington 

(note: if you have a question about the national program, please see National Contact at the bottom of this page)

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Bay Pines, Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, Patrick DiggsJames Garnett 

North Florida/South Georgia VA Health Care System (Gainesville and Lake City, FL):

Wendy Snee Florida Clay, Duval counties

Mary McNeloms Florida: Citrus, Marion, Sumter counties

Paula Ambroso Florida: Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette, Levy, Union counties

Frank Norris Florida: Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Wakulla counties; Georgia: Decatur, Grady, Mitchell counties

Karen Israel Florida: Columbia, Hamilton, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor counties; Georgia: Brooks, Lowndes, Echols counties

Charlotte Matthews, Lead VJO Specialist Florida Nassau, Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns counties; Georgia: Atkinson, Berrien, Brantley, Camden, Charlton, Clinch, Colquitt, Cook, Lanier, Pierce, Thomas, Ware counties.

Miami, Miami VA Healthcare System, Giovanna Delgado, Micol Levi-Minzi

Orlando, Orlando VA Medical Center, Sherri ClaudioAngela First, Brian Kurz, Vanessa Diaz 

Florida Panhandle, VA Gulf Coast Health Care System, Kathy Monson 

Tampa, James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital, Jarred MillerKristi Whitford 

West Palm Beach, West Palm Beach VAMC, Jana Shiffert

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Atlanta, Atlanta VA Medical Center, Thindwia CabinessKatherine Andrade, Byron Tinsley 

Augusta, Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, Sharon Caldwell

Dublin, Carl Vinson VA Medical Center, Nekethia Smith 


Honolulu, VA Pacific Islands Health Care System, Cheryl Reavis


Boise, Boise VA Medical Center, Josh Bode, Sarah Kearney

Pocatello, Pocatell Community Based Outpatient Clinic, Sy Williams


Chicago, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Lauran Olson, Carmen Ramirez

Danville, VA Illiana Health Care System, Rebecca Sanders 

Hines, Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital, Elizabeth GallichioJames Seminaroti, Tony Wilson 

Marion, Marion VA Medical Center, Rocky Peppers

North Chicago, Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, Jessica Pinder, LaTia Russell 

Peoria, Bob Michel VA Outpatient Clinic, Ginger Garner


Fort Wayne, VA Northern Indiana Health Care System - Fort Wayne Campus, Eric Dungan, Rita Wynn 

Indianapolis, Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center (Indianapolis VA Medical Center), Judi A Green,  Mark Mayhew


Des Moines, Des Moines Division - VA Central Iowa Health Care System, Sara Kendrick

Iowa City, Iowa City VA Medical Center, Sherri BeemblossomEd Haycraft 

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Leavenworth and Topeka, VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System, Heather Davis

Wichita, Robert J. Dole Department of Veterans Affairs Medical and Regional Office Center, Rita Snider


Lexington, Lexington VA Medical Center, Kathy VasquezJanis Durham

Louisville, Louisville VA Medical Center, Sonny Hatfield, Abbe Johnson, Cristy Stivers


Alexandria/Pineville, Alexandria VA Medical Center, Bradley Allison, Mckenzie Gauthier

New Orleans, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, Lilia Valdez-Lindsley, Kimberly Catalon 

Shreveport, Overton Brooks VA Medical Center, Joni Crawford, Teresa Martinez


Augusta, Togus VA Medical Center, Anne Archibald


Baltimore, Baltimore VA Medical Center - VA Maryland Health Care System, Jovanni Mooring


Bedford, Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Katherine Nicholas Malvey 

Boston, VA Boston Healthcare System, Jason McCall, Thomas Palladino 

Leeds, Northampton VA Medical Center, Marie Demarey, Regina Grant


Ann Arbor, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Bradford Watkins, Leslie Witherell 

Battle Creek, Battle Creek VA Medical Center, Karen HinderliterApril Coleman, John Koch  

Detroit, John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, Nanette Colling, Barbara Reyes 

Iron Mountain, Iron Mountain VA Medical Center, Michael Matwyuk

Saginaw, Adela E. Lutz VA Medical Center, Kelly Walraven-Swartz, Carly Huffman, Art Ohlrich


Minneapolis, Minneapolis VA Medical Center, David Holewinski, Natalie McKinley

St. Cloud, St. Cloud VA Medical Center, Michael Mathies, Connie Selden, Tanya Greene 

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Biloxi, VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System, Kathy MonsonDavid Neslen, Lysbeth Spence, Rose Hulsey

Jackson, G.V. (Sonny) Mongomery VA Medical Center, David Germany, Ronda Aldridge


Columbia, Harry S. Truman Memorial, Danielle Easter, Andrea Rogers

Kansas City, Kansas City VA Medical Center, Kelly McDaniel,  Kelly Winship, Michele L. Parsons 

Mount Vernon, Gene Taylor Community-Based Outpatient Clinic, Marcy VanDeBerg

Poplar Bluff, John J. Pershing VA Medical Center, Gary Helle 

St. Louis, St. Louis VA Medical Center - Jefferson Barracks Division, Matt Miller, Angela Blase 


Fort Harrison, VA Montana Health Care System, Jeri AndersonJackie Merritt


Omaha, Omaha Division - VA Nebraska Western Iowa Health Care System, Sandra L. Miller, Thyris Taylor


Las Vegas, VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System (VASNHS), Minerva De La Torre, Georgene Rea

Reno, VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System, Mary Ann Moss 

New Hampshire

Manchester, Manchester VA Medical Center, Diane Levesque, Mark Kriezis

New Jersey

Lyons, Lyons Campus of the VA New Jersey Health Care System, Mark Correale 

New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico VA Health Care System, Camila Lopez and Lisa R. Anderson

Farmington, New Mexico VA Health Care System,  Linda Shannon 

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New York

Albany, Albany VA Medical Center: Samuel S. Stratton, Courtney Slade

Bath, Bath VA Medical Center, Ann Smith-Howles

Bronx, James J. Peters VA Medical Center (Bronx, NY), Siobhan Dannacker 

Buffalo, VA Western New York Healthcare System at Buffalo, John Lahood, Carolyn Vahoviak

Canandaigua, Canandaigua VA Medical Center, Vincent Schillaci 

Montrose, VA Hudson Valley Health Care System, Patrizia Hodge 

New York, Manhattan Campus of the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System, Denise Lukowski, Myrtho Gardiner

Northport, Northport VA Medical Center, Eric BrunoJulie Bergstresser

Syracuse, Syracuse VA Medical Center, Kynna Murphy

North Carolina 

Asheville, Asheville VA Medical Center, Katharine Stewart

Durham, Durham VA Medical Center, Jeremy Brogden

Fayetteville, Fayetteville VA Medical Center, Curtis Morrow, Cristen Koslik 

Salisbury, Salisbury - W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center, Carolyn Cardwell, Kathy Sullivan 

North Dakota

Fargo, Fargo VA Medical Center, Jennifer Kimball Walter 


Chillicothe, Chillicothe VA Medical Center, Elma Walker

Cincinnati, Cincinnati VA Medical Center, Jennifer WolfeRonald Michaelson, Amanda List, Elizabeth Brett 

Cleveland, Louis Stokes VA Medical Center, David ShawlsonDwayne Williams, Victoria Marion, Cailen Haggard 

Columbus, Chalmers P. Wylie Ambulatory Care Center, Mary GilletteLiz Gump, Bea Bartram, Marilyn Brink 

Dayton, Dayton VA Medical Center, Teresa Sichman, William Layman 

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Toledo, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Leslie Witherell 


Muskogee, Jack C. Montgomery VAMC, Douglas McCormickPaula Darrow 

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City VA Medical Center, Omar Rashidzada, Jessica McLeod


Portland, Portland VA Medical Center, Peggy Kuhn, Aaron Baxter

Roseburg, VA Roseburg Healthcare System, Susan Harrison

White City, VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center & Clinics, Paul Skinner, Brooklyn Gartman


Altoona, Altoona - James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center, Bonnie Clark, Wendy Burket

Butler, VA Butler Healthcare, Kelly FulmerBrad Schaffer 

Coatesville, Coatesville Medical Center, Rhonda Sanford, Lily Thomas, Diana Zinnie

Erie, Erie VA Medical Center, Jeffrey Natalie 

Lebanon, Lebanon VA Medical Center, Sarah Primak, Gelu Negrea

Philadelphia, Philadelphia VA Medical Center, Margaret Maynard, Dena Dandridge, Kevin Carr-Lemke 

Pittsburgh, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Keather LikinsC. Denise Senft 

Wilkes-Barre, Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center, Kim Sapolis, Karen Baer

Puerto Rico

San Juan, VA Caribbean Healthcare System, Ghislaine Rivera 

Rhode Island 

Providence, Providence VA Medical Center, Rich Flynn

South Carolina 

Charleston, Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, Meredith Miller, Shanta Barron-Millan 

Columbia, Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center, Shirley Furtick, Alex Juitt

South Dakota 

Fort Meade, VA Black Hills Health Care System - Fort Meade Campus, Uzoma Obineche

Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls VA Medical Center, Rebecca Hess 

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Memphis, Memphis VA Medical Center, Patricia Hines, Shea Langs

Mountain Home, Mountain Home VA Medical Center, Brenda Hawthorne, Torrie Dorschug

Murfreesboro, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, Randall Rohrer

Nashville, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, Amy Montgomery 


Amarillo, Amarillo VA Health Care System, Dorothy Carskadon

Austin, Temple, and Waco: Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, Karen Janda, Polly Robertson, Ronald Carney 

Big Spring, West Texas VA Health Care System, Matthew Byrge, Christopher Difilippo 

Bonham, VA North Texas Health Care System, Myisha Long 

Corpus Christi, VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System, Michael McCollum

Dallas, VA North Texas Health Care System, Latisha Gaten, Kathy FinchEvelyn Gibbs 

El Paso, El Paso VA Health Care System, Gina Harrison, Anaiss Munoz

Harlingen, VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System, Yasisca Pujols, Michael McCollum

Houston, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Loretta Coonan, Wade CooperHenry MoldenMark Norris, Chad Henderson 

Laredo, VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System, Yasisca Pujols

McAllen, VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System, Paul Loflin

San Antonio, South Texas Veterans Health Care System, Treva Neiss, Candace Shepherd 

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Salt Lake City, VA Salt Lake City Health Care System, Amy EarleRyan Davidson, Jessica Mann

St. George, St. George Community Based Outpatient Clinic,  Bradley Evans


White River Junction, White River Junction VA Medical Center, Michael Owens


Hampton, Hampton VA Medical Center, La Barbara Williams, Tamesha (Nicole) Ellis

Richmond, Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center, Kevin Birdsell

Salem, Salem VA Medical Center, Machele Huff


Seattle, VA Puget Sound HCS, Kevin DevineRandy Turner, Diana Belletti, Davida Cohen  

Spokane, Spokane VA Medical Center, Douglas Fender 

Walla Walla, Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center, Rhonda Strother

West Virginia

Beckley, Beckley VA Medical Center, Jackie Hartsog

Clarksburg, Clarksburg - Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center, Jeannie O'Halloran

Huntington, Huntington VA Medical Center, Tammy Miller, Krista White 

Martinsburg, Martinsburg VA Medical Center, David Gowers 


Madison, William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, Ed Zapala

Milwaukee, Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Abigail ZiebellRosonna Comers, Michelle Watts, Elysia Skaanning   

Tomah, Tomah VA Medical Center, Cynthia Groskreutz


Cheyenne, Cheyenne VA Medical Center, Lisa Gossert

Sheridan, Sheridan VA Medical Center, Karl Jantz

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