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Veterans Courts in Pennsylvania: An Alternative Solution for Difficult Issues | September 22, 2017


Welcoming Remarks – The Honorable Michael J. Stack, III, Lieutenant Governor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Opening Speaker – The Honorable Michael J. Barrasse, President Judge, Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas


Panel - A Primer on PTSD, TBI, Substance Abuse

Moderator - Dave Sunday, York County Chief Deputy Prosecutor

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – Gelu Negrea, LCSW, Lebanon VA Medical Center

Traumatic Brain Injury – Jessica Lightner, LCSW, Lebanon VA Medical Center

Handouts: 1. Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder | 2. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Awareness | 3. Traumatic Brain Injury Information

Substance Abuse – Dr. Jamie Via, Psychologist, Lebanon VA Medical Center

The View from the Bench – The Honorable Patrick Dugan, Judge, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas


Panel - Key Roles in Veterans Court Process

Moderator – The Honorable Craig T. Trebilcock, Judge, York County Court of Common Pleas

Handouts: 1. General Orders of York Co. Veterans Court | 2. Ten Tips for Starting a Veterans Treatment Court | 3. Vet Court Orientation | 4. Veteran's Court Orientation Questionnaire | 5. Veteran's Treatment Court Essays | 6. York Co. Treatment Courts Release of Information | 7. York Co. Veterans Court Manual | 8. York Co. Veterans Drug Treatment Court Conditions | 9.  York Co. Veterans Treatment Court Mentor Manual | 10. Veterans Court Participant Manual (Dauphin Co.) | 11. Veterans Court Participant Manual (York Co.) | 12. Veterans Court Pamphlet (Dauphin Co.) | 13. Waiver of Due Process | 14. York Co. Veterans Treatment Court Program

Links: Volunteer Veteran Mentor Training Program

Veterans Court Judge – The Honorable Joseph F. Sklarosky, Jr., Judge, Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas

Prosecutor – Ed Marsico – Dauphin County District Attorney

Defense Counsel - Angela L. Fox-Holtzapple, Esq., Assistant Public Defender, Drug/Mental Health/Veterans Treatment Courts

The Role of the VA and Veterans Justice Outreach Specialists – Sarah Primak, LCSW, Lebanon VA Medical Center

Mentors – Rick Hahn – Deputy – Mentor – York County


Panel - Veterans Courts in Smaller Counties

Presentation: Challenges and Solutions for the Rural Specialty Court

The Honorable Joseph J. Matika, Judge, Carbon County Court of Common Pleas

Rick Parsons, Carbon County Veterans Court Coordinator & Chief Probation Officer

12:00 – 1:00 

Closing Speaker & Lunch - The Honorable Debra McCloskey Todd, Justice, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania


Link to Google Drive handouts folder. 

Event Sponsors
:  Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, Federal Bar Association, Lt. Governor’s Task Force on Veterans, County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania