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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.

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  • 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.

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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

Alabama

Birmingham, Birmingham VA Medical Center, Ahmad Brewer

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

Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center, William Adams

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

Alaska

Anchorage, Alaska VA Healthcare System and Regional Office, Jeremiah Newbold, Samantha Adams-Lahti

Arizona

Phoenix, Phoenix VA Health Care System, Ellyn Black, Anna Bourne, Jennifer Castaneda, Brian D'AgnoloMonica KingChristopher Wallace 

Prescott, Northern Arizona VA Health Care System, Mark McLaughlin, Julie Garver

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

Arkansas

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

Little Rock, Central Arkansas Veteran Healthcare System John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital, Phyllis Wilkins, Andre Jones, Melinda Mullins

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California

Fresno, VA Central California Health Care System, Susan Basmajian, Brenda Blum, Stella Botello, Debra Mattos

Loma Linda, VA Loma Linda Healthcare System: 

               Riverside County:  Laura Rodriguez, Kelly Ross

               San Bernardino County: Candace Andrews, Andrew Montes

Long Beach, VA Long Beach Healthcare System, Julie Tomlinson, Katherine Majewski, Valvincent Reyes

Los Angeles, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (GLA), Sergio AntoniukPamela Davis, Suzanne Dolan, Tiffany Perez, Emma Hale, Terri Quinn, Jonathan Clark, Virginia Hines

Mather, VA Northern California Health Care System, Sherry DeLisle, David Shernoff, Sarah Whitley, Nikki Balboa

Palo Alto, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Leah Emery, Frank Rainey, Matthew Stimmel, Rebecca Smith, Daniel Gutkind

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, Brian Dobbs, Chase Finney

Colorado

Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs Clinic, Laura Sales, Jeremy Chisum

Denver, VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS), Nathan Viton, Michael Jay, Paul Deutsch

Grand Junction, Grand Junction VA Medical Center, Michael LeFebre

Connecticut

VA Connecticut Healthcare System, Lindsey Buxbaum, Varsha DuBose, Alesia Wellington

Delaware

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

District of Columbia
Washington DC, Washington DC VA Medical Center, Karen Carrington

  • In addition, Washington DC VJO provides outreach to:
  • Maryland: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince Georges, St. Mary's Counties
  • Virginia: City of Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudon, Prince William Counties 

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

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Florida

Bay Pines, Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, James Garnett, Heather Davis, Angela Federico

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

Frank Norris Florida: Leon, Calhoun, Jackson, Gulf, Franklin, Liberty, Gadsden, Wakulla, Jefferson counties

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

Mark Hilliard Florida: Columbia, Hamilton, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor counties; Georgia: Berrien, Brooks, Clinch, Colquitt, Cook, Decatur, Echols, Grady, Lanier, Lowndes, Mitchell, Thomas counties

Charlotte Matthews, Lead VJO Specialist Florida Nassau, Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns counties; Georgia: Atkinson, Brantley, Camden, Charlton, Pierce, Ware counties

Miami, Miami VA Healthcare System, Giovanna Delgado, Jennifer Lee

Orlando, Orlando VA Medical Center, Stefanie Mohl, Angela First, Brian Kurz, Vanessa Diaz, Sherri Claudio

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

Tampa, James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital:

               Jarred Miller  Polk, Hernando, Hillsborough counties

               Ken Hale Pasco, Hernando counties

               Erika LucasTito Williams  Hillsborough County

West Palm Beach, West Palm Beach VAMC, Jana Shiffert, Mason Youell

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Georgia

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

Augusta, Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, Sharon Caldwell

Dublin, Carl Vinson VA Medical Center, Michael Bland

Hawaii 

Honolulu, VA Pacific Islands Health Care System, Cheryl Reavis, Christian Lamb

Idaho 

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

Pocatello, Pocatello Community Based Outpatient Clinic, Jodi Shelton

Illinois

Chicago, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Carmen Ramirez, Sergio Grajeda

Danville, VA Illiana Health Care System, Rebecca Sanders

Hines, Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital, Elizabeth GallichioRachel SafranskiTony Wilson

Marion, Marion VA Medical Center, Rocky Peppers, Jennifer Nevers

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

Peoria, Bob Michel VA Outpatient Clinic, Ginger Garner

Indiana

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

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

Iowa

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

Iowa City, Iowa City VA Medical Center, Daneille AldersonEd Haycraft

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Kansas

Leavenworth and Topeka, VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System, Patrick Osborne

Wichita, Robert J. Dole Department of Veterans Affairs Medical and Regional Office Center, Karen Engels

Kentucky

Lexington, Lexington VA Medical Center, Kathy VasquezJanis Durham

Louisville, Louisville VA Medical Center, Sonny Hatfield, Abbe Johnson, Scott Huisman

Louisiana

Alexandria/Pineville, Alexandria VA Medical Center, Mckenzie Gauthier, Sabrina Bordelon

New Orleans, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, Valence Hebert, Jessica Mayeux

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

Maine

Augusta, Togus VA Medical Center, Anne Archibald, Robert Jones, Amy Morin

Maryland

Baltimore, Baltimore VA Medical Center - VA Maryland Health Care System, Jovanni Mooring, Dannette Johnson, James Haskell


Washington DC VA Medical Center, Karen Carrington provides outreach to: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince Georges, St. Mary's Counties

Massachusetts

Bedford, Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Caitlin Aubuchon, Debra DeAngelo, Autumn Gray

Boston, VA Boston Healthcare System, Thomas Palladino, Rachel Seed

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

Michigan 

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

Battle Creek, Battle Creek VA Medical Center, Kendra O'Keelean , John KochBrenden Wright 

Detroit, John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, Nanette Colling, Daniel Cuschieri

Iron Mountain, Iron Mountain VA Medical Center, Michael Matwyuk

Saginaw, Adela E. Lutz VA Medical Center, Kelly Walraven-Swartz, Travis VanderlistArt Ohlrich, Marjorie MiddelDaryl Kujat,

Minnesota 

Minneapolis, Minneapolis VA Medical Center, Marianne Hamrick, Matthew Harris, Margaret Neuman

St. Cloud, St. Cloud VA Medical Center, Tanya Greene, Joshua Seezs

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Mississippi

Biloxi, VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System, David Neslen, Lysbeth Spence, Mark Ballou, Tomiko Daffin, Robert Berteau

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

Missouri 

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

Kansas City, Kansas City VA Medical Center, Kelly McDaniel, Kelly England, 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, Amy Guffey, Paul Willhoft

Montana

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

Nebraska 

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

Nevada

Las Vegas, VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System (VASNHS), Nancy Taylor, Norman Terry

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

New Hampshire

Manchester, Manchester VA Medical Center, Diane Levesque, Daniel Bricker

New Jersey

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

New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico VA Health Care System, Camila Lopez, Nathan Deleon, Jolie Rodriguez

Dona Ana County, NM covered by El Paso, TX VA Health Care System: Gina McCue

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New York

Albany, Albany VA Medical Center: Samuel S. Stratton, Rebecca Newton

Bath, Bath VA Medical Center, Ann Smith-Howles

Bronx, James J. Peters VA Medical Center (Bronx, NY), Eddie Marcano

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

Canandaigua, Canandaigua VA Medical Center, Angel Wong

Montrose, VA Hudson Valley Health Care System, Nino Elizondo

New York, Manhattan Campus of the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System, Siobhan Dannacker, Jeff Rabinovici, Kimberly Shaw

Northport, Northport VA Medical Center, Eric BrunoTiffany Grant-Zellem

Syracuse, Syracuse VA Medical Center, Kynna Murphy, Janice James

North Carolina 

Asheville, Asheville VA Medical Center, Katherine Houghton

Durham, Durham VA Medical Center, Jeremy Brogden, Lucas Vrbsky

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

Ohio

Chillicothe, Chillicothe VA Medical Center, Tisha Hardin, Jeenee Hines

Cincinnati, Cincinnati VA Medical Center, Jennifer WolfeRonald Michaelson, Amanda List, Elizabeth Brett, Bethany Hamilton-Clary

Cleveland, Louis Stokes VA Medical Center, Dwayne Williams, Victoria Marion, Cailen Haggard, Michael Casto

Columbus, Chalmers P. Wylie Ambulatory Care Center, Mary GilletteBobby Perkins, Bea Bartram, Marilyn Brink

Dayton, Dayton VA Medical Center, Melissa Hall, William Layman

Toledo, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Leslie Witherell

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Oklahoma 

Muskogee, Jack C. Montgomery VAMC, Douglas McCormickPaula Darrow

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City VA Medical Center, Jessica McLeod

Oregon

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

Roseburg, VA Roseburg Healthcare System, Susan Harrison, Gary Marquardt

White City, VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center & Clinics, Paul Skinner, Jane Broud

Pennsylvania

Altoona, Altoona - James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center:
          Bonnie Clark: Bedford, Cambria, Cameron, Elk, Indiana, Jefferson, Somerset counties
          Shereen Horton: Blair, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin counties

Butler, VA Butler Healthcare, Kelly FulmerChristina Beaver

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

Erie, Erie VA Medical Center, Bomber Ferraro, Megan Paterson

Lebanon, Lebanon VA Medical Center: 
           Carla Cyr: Lebanon County
           Gelu Negrea: Berks and Dauphin counties
           Katrina Sylvain: Berks and Lancaster counties

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

Pittsburgh, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, C. Denise Senft, James Carroll

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

Puerto Rico

San Juan, VA Caribbean Healthcare System, Ghislaine Rivera

Rhode Island 

Providence, Providence VA Medical Center, Rich Flynn, Whitney Conrad

South Carolina 

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

Columbia, Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center, Sara Morrell

South Dakota 

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

Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls VA Medical Center, Rebecca Hess

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Tennessee

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

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

Clarksville, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, Randall Rohrer

Murfreesboro, Tennesee Valley Healthcare System, Amy Montgomery

Nashville, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, Amy Frazier

Texas

Amarillo, Amarillo VA Health Care System, Dorothy Carskadon, Lynda Mitchell

Abilene, Big Spring, Midland/Odessa, San Angelo, VA West Texas Health Care System, Gabriela SaldanaThomas Mattison 

Corpus Christi, Harlingen, Laredo, McAllen, VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System, Paul Loflin, Carrie Myers

Dallas and Bonham, VA North Texas Health Care System, Latisha Gaten, Kathy FinchEvelyn Gibbs, Rekita Justice Logan, Shanna Davidson

El Paso, El Paso VA Health Care System:
               Culberson, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Presidio: Gina McCue

               El Paso County: Anaiss Munoz and Montevis Price

Houston, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Loretta Coonan, Candace WittHenry MoldenMark Norris, Chad Henderson, Latasha Morrison

South Texas Veterans Health Care System (Atacosa, Bee, Bexar, Comal, Dewitt, Frio, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Jackson, Kendall, Kerr, Medina, Victoria, Wilson Counties): 

               Bexar County: Archorah Cameron, Erin Lovinus, Devon Jachade, Treva Neiss

               Comal and Guadalupe Counties: Stacey Adams

Temple, Waco, Killeen, Georgetown, Bryan/College Station, Brownwood, and Austin, Central Texas VA Health Care System, Ronald Carney, Tiffany LoveKaren Janda

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Utah

Salt Lake City, VA Salt Lake City Health Care System, Ryan Davidson, Jessica Mann

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

Vermont

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

Virginia

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

Richmond, Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center, Kevin Birdsell, Chrystal Jones

Salem, Salem VA Medical Center, Machele Huff, Leslie Hindle

Washington DC VA Medical Center, Karen Carrington provides outreach to: City of Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudon, Prince William Counties

Washington

Seattle, VA Puget Sound HCS, Kevin DevineRandy Turner, Diana BellettiLawrence Williams 

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, Kaitlyn Repass

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

Huntington, Huntington VA Medical Center, Angela Miller, Amanda Rayburn, Dustin Holbrook

Martinsburg, Martinsburg VA Medical Center, David Gowers

Wisconsin

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

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

Tomah, Tomah VA Medical Center, Ryan Jones

Wyoming

Cheyenne, Cheyenne VA Medical Center, Lisa Gibson

Sheridan, Sheridan VA Medical Center, Karl Jantz

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