Rep. Cisneros’s bipartisan legislation to improve veteran treatment court programs passes House

Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) released the following statement after his co-sponsored legislation, the Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act, passed the House on a bipartisan basis. The legislation would enhance state and local veteran treatment court programs that support the unique needs of veterans who find themselves in the criminal justice system.

“Veteran treatment courts help create a structured environment for our veterans and ensure judges are in a better position to effectively respond to veterans that may be struggling with substance misuse, PTSD, traumatic brain injury, or military sexual trauma,” said Rep. Cisneros. “Treatment courts provide the counseling and support our veterans deserve as they seek to transition back into our communities. I’m proud to join Congressman Crist and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in supporting this common-sense investment in our veterans.”

Rep. Cisneros is a Navy veteran and member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee. As part of the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Act, Rep. Cisneros secured two separate amendments to increase the funding available for Veterans Treatment Courts. Rep. Cisneros also signed a letter led by Rep. Brownley urging the House Appropriations Committee to provide strong funding levels for Veterans Treatment Courts.

This article was released by the Office of Congressman Gilbert R. Cisneros Jr.