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File #: Res 0697-2015    Version: * Name: Servicemember Assistance for Lawful Understanding, Treatment and Education (SALUTE) Act of 2015.
Type: Resolution Status: Filed (End of Session)
Committee: Committee on Veterans
On agenda: 5/14/2015
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling on Congress to pass and the President to sign the Servicemember Assistance for Lawful Understanding, Treatment and Education (SALUTE) Act of 2015
Sponsors: Eric A. Ulrich, Margaret S. Chin, Karen Koslowitz, Rosie Mendez, Vincent J. Gentile, Helen K. Rosenthal
Council Member Sponsors: 6
Attachments: 1. May 14, 2015 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files

Res. No. 697

 

Resolution calling on Congress to pass and the President to sign the Servicemember Assistance for Lawful Understanding, Treatment and Education (SALUTE) Act of 2015

 

By Council Members Ulrich, Chin, Koslowitz, Mendez, Gentile and Rosenthal

 

                     Whereas, The Servicemember Assistance for Lawful Understanding, Treatment and Education (SALUTE) Act would authorize the United States Attorney General to award grants for developing, implementing, or enhancing Veterans Treatment Courts or expanding operational mental health or drug courts to serve veterans to ensure that such courts effectively integrate substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other conditions, sanctions and incentives, and transitional services; and

Whereas, According to the United States Veterans Administration (VA), there are more than 200,000 veterans living in New York City; and

Whereas, According to studies by the Rand Institute, at least 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffer from PTSD and/or depression; and

Whereas, According to the Rand Institute, 50% of those with PTSD do not seek treatment and only half of those get adequate treatment; and

Whereas, According to testimony before the New York City Council by the Office of the Queens County District Attorney, Veterans Treatment Courts are highly successful but would benefit greatly from the funding of paid mentors, rather than the volunteers currently utilized; and

Whereas, According to this testimony before the New York City Council by the Office of the Queens County District Attorney, funding for paid personnel to identify eligible candidates, conduct screening and perform clinical assessments would allow the court to expand its scope and help more veterans; and

Whereas, Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens Counties currently have established Veterans Treatment Courts and Richmond County is building a new courthouse to include one in the near future; and

                     Whereas, According to testimony before the New York City Council by Public Advocate Letitia James, funding is the major obstacle to establishing a Veterans Treatment Court in New York County;  now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls on Congress to pass and the President to sign the Servicemember Assistance for Lawful Understanding, Treatment and Education (SALUTE) Act of 2015.

 

 

 

KJR

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