2013 Indiana General Assembly

House approves Lake veterans court funding plan

2013-01-22T18:11:00Z 2013-01-22T19:03:08Z House approves Lake veterans court funding planBy Dan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com
January 22, 2013 6:11 pm  • 

INDIANAPOLIS | Lake County could be home to Indiana's sixth veterans court after the House on Monday approved a funding plan recommended by state Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon, D-Munster.

Her amendment to House Bill 1016 permits the Lake County Council to reallocate some drug use prevention funds to pay for a veterans court, a type of problem-solving court that helps resolve the underlying causes that sometimes drive veterans to break the law.

"These problem-solving courts allow them to take them off that track and address the real issues affecting them," Candelaria Reardon said.

She estimated the county would save $33,000 a year in jail expenses by using a veterans court instead of locking up veterans who self-medicate using drugs or alcohol after returning from war.

The legislation does not require Lake County establish a veterans court but provides a funding source if it chooses to.

Veterans courts are already in use in Porter, Delaware, Floyd, Grant and Vanderburgh counties.

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