The Forsyth County Veterans Treatment Court announces grant award notification through the Department of Justice

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 5, 2023

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WINSTON-SALEM — The Office of Justice Programs of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has announced that the Forsyth County Veterans Treatment Court (VTC), a department of the Clerk of Superior Court’s Office, in partnership with the City of Winston-Salem, has been awarded $556,767 in funding over the next four years.
With current funding having an end date set for Dec. 31, this award will ensure the program’s current enhancements will remain intact.

Highlights of the award include funding for the program’s full-time case manager, part-time peer mentor coordinator, drug testing, access to national conferences, and an independent evaluator to ensure best practices are being met.

Phillip Weiner, the VTC’s coordinator, will serve as the grant award administrator, ensuring all reports and adjustments are submitted in a timely manner. The city of Winston-Salem will serve as the project’s fiscal agent and will be responsible for maintaining records of disbursement of funds in accordance with the project’s budget. Judge David E. Sipprell will continue to preside over the VTC with the direct support of Clerk Denise Hines’ Office.

Since the VTC was established in 2016, the program has successfully graduated 27 participants. The VTC hopes to reach capacity over the course of the award, reaching 25 active participants. This is great news for Justice-Involved Veterans (JIVs) in the community because it ensures the specialty court will continue to be sustained with the mission of leaving no veteran behind.