Veterans Treatment Court

Veterans Treatment Court Judge: Hon. Paul K. Beardslee
Veterans Treatment Court Probation Case Manager: Jim Mitcavish (email)
Probation Dept. Tel. #: 269-969-6651

Other Important Tel. #s
Hands on Battle Creek: 2-1-1
Sentry: 269-719-8329

Veteran Crisis Line: 800-273-8255

Veterans Treatment Court Review Schedule
Phase I and II: Bi-weekly on Thursdays at 2:30 pm

Phase III and IV: 1st session of every month at 2:30 pm


Justice for Vets
Michigan's Problem-Solving  Court: Solving Problems Saving Lives
Veterans Resource Guide
Veterans Treatment Court Mentor Application


The mission of the 10th District Veterans Treatment Court is to take an active role in promoting the safety of our community while recognizing a veterans' honorable and significant service to our country by offering a court-supervised treatment program aimed at addressing the military-related health/behavioral issues that led to criminal behavior. Our mission is driven by our community's need for public safety, accountability, education, reduced victimization, cost-effectiveness and responsible citizenship.

Veteran or active member of the US Armed Forces with separation in a manner other than a dishonorable discharge.

Calhoun County resident (a non-resident will be considered on a case-by-case basis, based on their ability to meet program requirements).

Currently charged with a misdemeanor or felony offense generally related to the military service of the participant (e.g. the abuse, illegal use, or possession of a controlled substance/alcohol or mental illness that arises as a result of service).

Currently dependent upon or abusing drugs/alcohol, or suffering from a mental illness, but not an unwarranted or substantial risk to individual/public safety.

Not presently charged with, or have been convicted of, an offense involving the death of, or serious bodily injury to any individuals, whether or not any of these circumstances are an element of the offense or criminal sexual conduct in any degree.

Veterans Treatment Court is a four-phase program. Each phase has specific requirements that participants must meet. Requirements include mental health and/or substance abuse treatment. Advancement to the next phase is based on a participant's compliance with program requirements.

Every participant has a probation case manager and must appear either bi-weekly or monthly (depending on what phase they are in) before the Veterans Treatment Court Judge. Before every court review, the Veterans Treatment Court team, made up of the judge, case manager, prosecuting attorney, defense attorney, treatment provider, the VTC coordinator, and others, meets to discuss every participant's compliance, or lack of compliance, with program requirements. The Veterans Treatment Court Team recommends to the Judge whether a participant will receive a positive performance review or a sanction for lack of compliance. Everything discussed in a Veterans Treatment Court Team meeting is confidential. Every participant's privacy is protected.

Every participant is assigned a Veterans Treatment Court Mentor. Mentors are active or veteran members of the U.S. Armed Forces, whose role is to be a listening ear and support for the participant. A mentor encourages and guides a participant as he/she progresses through the program.

If you are interested in volunteering as a mentor. Please fill out the application.

If you would like more information about being a mentor, please email Rick Denney.