United States Department of Veterans Affairs - Homeless Veterans Program: Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) Program

United States Department of Veterans Affairs - Homeless Veterans Program

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General Information
Description of ServiceThe purpose 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 VHA services as clinically indicated. Veterans Justice Outreach Specialists are responsible for direct outreach, assessment, and case management for justice-involved Veterans in local courts and jails, and liaison with local justice system partners.

Note that VA cannot provide legal services. If you need legal assistance, please see www.statesidelegal.org/findinghelp or contact your local VJO Specialist who may know of community resources for legal assistance.

Visit website for a list of VJO Specialist contacts. Specialists often work outside the office in jails and courts, and may have only periodic access to email – if there is no response within several days, please re-email the Specialist. Please provide your contact information and briefly describe your concern.
Click here for the Veterans Justice Outreach Specialist Contacts
Geographical AreaUnited States. (Includes all PA counties: Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Bradford, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland, Wyoming, York)
Intake ProcedureFor more information or to make a referral, call C. Denise Senft at 412-822-1410 or call Keather Linkins at 412-422-1409.
Helpful TipsPlease note: different counties have different regulations, Allegheny, Beaver, and Washington counties are some, but not all, of the areas that the VJO program works in to provide all qualifying Veterans with advocacy and guidance. Services include: case management in magistrate or local court appearances, mental health, substance abuse, medical referral treatment services, and many more. At the present time, VJO program is working diligently with the following Veterans Treatment Courts: Allegheny County, Washington County, and Beaver County in Pennsylvania, as well as West Virginia’s Marshall, Ohio, Brooke and Hancock counties.

VJO has several referral forms (different forms for different counties) that must be completed to initiate services.
Client Information
Target PopulationMilitary/Veterans
EligibilityAll who qualify for VA services are eligible to participate in this program.
Contact Information
Contact's Name C. Denise Senft
Contact's Phone 412-822-1410
Physical Site Address 1 810 Vermont Avenue NW
Physical Site City, State, Zip Washington, DC 20420
Main Phone 412-822-1410
Hotline Phone Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1) or text Get Help NOW to 838255
Other Phone 412-822-1409
Web Address www.va.gov/homeless/vjo.asp
Affiliated Agency, Programs, and Services
Affiliated Agency: United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Affiliated Program: United States Department of Veterans Affairs - Homeless Veterans Program
This Service: United States Department of Veterans Affairs - Homeless Veterans Program: Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) Program
Taxonomy Postings
Posted to Categories: Crime Witness Support (FN-2100)
Diversion Programs (FF-0500.1800)
Veterans (YN-9000)