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H.R. 886 (116th): Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act of 2019

The text of the bill below is as of Oct 28, 2019 (Reported by House Committee).


Union Calendar No. 207


1st Session

H. R. 886

[Report No. 116–259]


January 30, 2019

(for himself, Ms. Stefanik, Mr. Aguilar, Mr. Allred, Mr. Baird, Mr. Bishop of Georgia, Mrs. Brooks of Indiana, Mr. Brown of Maryland, Mr. Calvert, Mr. Carson of Indiana, Ms. Castor of Florida, Mr. Cisneros, Mr. Cohen, Mr. Connolly, Mr. Cook, Mr. Crow, Mr. Rodney Davis of Illinois, Mr. DeFazio, Mrs. Demings, Mr. DeSaulnier, Mr. Deutch, Mrs. Dingell, Ms. Frankel, Ms. Gabbard, Mr. Gaetz, Miss González-Colón of Puerto Rico, Mr. Gonzalez of Texas, Mr. Grijalva, Mr. Harder of California, Mr. Hastings, Mr. Heck, Mr. Hice of Georgia, Mr. Higgins of Louisiana, Mr. Higgins of New York, Ms. Hill of California, Ms. Norton, Ms. Houlahan, Ms. Jayapal, Mr. Jones, Ms. Kaptur, Mr. Keating, Mr. Khanna, Mr. Kildee, Mr. Kilmer, Mr. Kind, Mr. Krishnamoorthi, Mr. Lawson of Florida, Ms. Lofgren, Mr. Lowenthal, Mrs. Luria, Mr. Mast, Ms. McCollum, Ms. Moore, Mr. Moulton, Mrs. Murphy, Mr. Newhouse, Mr. Norman, Mr. Panetta, Mr. Payne, Mr. Perlmutter, Mr. Peterson, Ms. Pingree, Mr. Posey, Mr. Raskin, Mr. Riggleman, Mr. Rose of New York, Mr. Rouda, Mr. Ruppersberger, Mr. Rush, Mr. Rutherford, Mr. Ryan, Ms. Schakowsky, Mr. Scott of Virginia, Mr. Serrano, Ms. Sewell of Alabama, Ms. Sherrill, Ms. Slotkin, Mr. Smith of Washington, Mr. Soto, Mr. Suozzi, Mr. Turner, Mr. Upton, Mr. Vela, Ms. Velázquez, Mr. Walden, Mrs. Walorski, Mr. Waltz, Ms. Wasserman Schultz, Ms. Wilson of Florida, Mr. Yarmuth, Mr. Smucker, Mr. Diaz-Balart, Mr. Dunn, Ms. Shalala, and Ms. Kendra S. Horn of Oklahoma) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

October 28, 2019

Additional sponsors: Ms. DeGette, Ms. Mucarsel-Powell, Mr. Thompson of California, Mr. Pappas, Mr. Brindisi, Ms. Wild, Ms. Torres Small of New Mexico, Mr. Vargas, Mr. Kim, Ms. Wexton, Mr. Katko, Mr. Reschenthaler, Mr. Fitzpatrick, Mrs. McBath, Mrs. Kirkpatrick, Mr. Brendan F. Boyle of Pennsylvania, Mr. Wittman, Mr. Tipton, Ms. Escobar, Mr. Gonzalez of Ohio, Ms. Brownley of California, Ms. Finkenauer, Ms. Kuster of New Hampshire, Ms. Spanberger, Mr. Case, Mr. Cárdenas, Mr. Cox of California, Mr. Kennedy, Mrs. Axne, Mr. Bacon, Mr. Quigley, Mr. Yoho, Mr. Bilirakis, Mr. Stanton, Mr. Phillips, Mr. Steube, Mr. Johnson of Ohio, Ms. Roybal-Allard, Ms. Bass, Mr. Morelle, and Mr. Stauber

October 28, 2019

Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed


To direct the Attorney General to establish and carry out a Veteran Treatment Court Program.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act of 2019.


Sense of Congress

It is the sense of Congress that veterans treatment courts are a successful program aimed at helping veterans charged with non-violent crimes receive the help and the benefits for which the veterans are entitled.


Veteran Treatment Court Program



Subject to the availability of appropriations, in coordination with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the Attorney General shall establish and carry out a Veteran Treatment Court Program to provide grants and technical assistance to the State circuit court systems that—


have adopted a Veterans Treatment Court Program; or


have filed a notice of intent to establish a Veterans Treatment Court Program with the Secretary.



The purpose of the Veterans Treatment Court Program established under subsection (a) is to ensure the Department of Justice has a single office to coordinate the provision of grants, training, and technical assistance to help State, local, and Tribal governments to develop and maintain veteran treatment courts.


Programs included

The Veterans Treatment Court Program established under subsection (a) shall include the grant programs relating to veterans treatment courts carried out by the Attorney General pursuant to sections 2901, 2991, and 3021 of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (34 U.S.C. 10581, 10651, and 10701) or any other provision of law.



The Attorney General shall promulgate regulations to carry out this section.

October 28, 2019

Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed