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Contact Information

Judge Patricia C. Baca
346th District Court

500 E. San Antonio
Suite 701
El Paso, Texas 79901
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Phone (915) 546-2119
Fax (915) 546-2233

Court Coordinator
Christian Darancou

Veterans Program Director
Yvonne Whitaker

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The mission of the El Paso Veterans Court Program is to divert justice-involved veterans and active service members from the traditional criminal justice system by providing them treatment and judicial monitoring to afford them the tools needed to lead a productive and law-abiding life.

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The Veterans Court Team meets for each docket on Wednesday prior to each court hearing. The meeting is held at the 346th District Court offices located at 500 E. San Antonio, Suite 701, El Paso, TX 79901.

Veterans Court Team Staffing provides an open forum in which everyone involved in a case can gather to share information, discuss issues, and reach consensus on actions for participants to successfully complete the program. The goal of maintaining a therapeutic court is forefront in all decisions.

The Goals of the Veterans Court Program are as follows:

- Provide early identification of eligible program participants.
- Introduce participants to an on going process of recovery designed to help them become stable, employed and substance abuse-free while continuing mental health care through community/peer counseling groups or the VA
- Engage in community education and partnership efforts to develop shared understanding and foster a spirit of commitment and collaboration with the Veterans Administration, Treatment Providers, Volunteer Mentors, the Criminal Justice System and other organizations.
- Reduce participant contacts with the criminal justice system; and
- Reduce costs associated with criminal case processing and re arrest.

"Leave no Veteran Behind and Honor their Service"
("This program is supported by a grant from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans' Assistance. The Fund for Veterans' Assistance provides grants to organizations serving veterans and their families". )