Fourth Judicial District of TN

Introduction to the Fourth Judicial District of

Tennessee Veterans Treatment Court Program

Photographed at the East Tennessee Veterans Treatment Court Mentor Orientation held on April 9-10, 2015 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

From left to right, Jack O'Connor, Buffalo NY VTC Mentor Coordinator, Patrick Welch, Ph.d., Buffalo NY VTC Senior Mentor, Judge O. Duane Slone, 4th Judicial District, Frank Vollmer, 4th Judicial District VTC Mentor Coordinator and Ed Junod, 6th Judicial District VTC Mentor Coordinator.

Circuit Court Judges O. Duane Slone and Ben W. Hooper I, began the formation Veterans' Treatment Court (VTC) on January 8, 2015.  The formation of the Fourth Judicial District VTC includes Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson and Sevier Counties.

Frank Vollmer from Sevier County joined the National VTC Mentor Corps in December 2013 and again in June 2014.  Our first justice involved veteran came from Grainger County in December 2014 and the second from Sevier County in March 2015

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics, the Fourth Judicial District veteran population is 17,631 in 2015Cocke County - 3,107, Grainger County - 1,880 , Jefferson County - 5,110, Sevier County - 7,534

The national movement has helped create over 200 Veterans Treatment Courts in the United States.  In 2008, Honorable Robert Russell founded of the Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court and the VTC movement.  The program's focus is to address specific issues and problems unique to our military veterans.

First Published VTC Study Shows Incredible Success!

Justice For Vets LogoThe Community Mental Health Journal has released the first published study on Veterans Treatment Court and the results are outstanding. Researchers from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services tracked 86 veterans involved with Veterans Treatment Court, all of whom were diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). They found that 89.5% remained arrest-free during their time in the program and concluded that the veterans participating in Veterans Treatment Court experienced significant improvement with depression, PTSD and substance abuse as well as with critical social issues including housing, emotional well being, relationships, and overall functioning.

The study further concluded that mentoring from volunteer veterans is particularly effective. Veterans who received mentoring not only experienced better clinical outcomes, they reported feeling more socially connected.  

“Veterans reported better treatment outcomes and quality of life over time when involved in the Vet Court,” the study states. “When provided programs and services that fostered recovery, veterans improved markedly on all study measures. Veterans particularly improved when provided a combination of trauma-specific treatment, peer mentor services, and medication. The importance of trauma-specific therapy and positive peer role models may be important for veterans with combat exposure who have re-integrated into a society unfamiliar with the struggles associated with combat experience.” 

                                                                                                                   Access the full study here.

The Fourth Judicial District Veterans Treatment Court will provide integrated services through a collaborative partnership with other judicial departments and community organizations who share an interest in helping veterans. The veteran participants come before the VTC Judge on a regular basis, are required to attend all programs and focused on treating their addictions and dependencies, perform community service works, maintain jobs, report to court team and probation staffers as necessary, and work with the veteran mentor. Veteran specific issues include – but are not limited to – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Military Sexual Trauma (MST), and substance abuse.

The Fourth Judicial  VTC will be under the direction of Circuit Court Judges O. Duane Slone and Ben W. Hooper II.  The 4th Judicial VTC Director is Patty Williams.

2014 Eastern Tennessee Veteran Mentor graduates.


Be a VTC Mentor

If you are interested in becoming a VTC mentor please Visit a Mentor Veterans Treatment Court for FREE.

For more information please call

Frank Vollmer, Fourth Judicial District

VTC Mentor Coordinator

at 865-567-0647 cell, or 865-336-2624 office

or complete the form below.

                                                                            "ALL WE CAN DO IS HELP!" history.

This is the history of the Knox County Veterans Treatment Court inception and the Knoxville Regional Veterans Mental Health Council (Council) and the motto “all we can do is help”

Judge Cerny provided an email to the Council on December 10, 2014 which was included in the Council’s presentation to the Tenth Judicial District of Tennessee members in Madisonville, Tennessee.

                                                                                              Click here to read Judge Cerny’s email.


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