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Veterans Treatment

Sep 16, 2014

2014 Senate Sub for HB 2655 (K.S.A. 2014 Supp. 21-6630) allows a defendant to assert that their offense was committed as a result of mental illness stemming from service in a combat zone while in the U.S. Armed Forces. If the court determines the defendant has met the criteria established by the bill and the defendant’s current crime and criminal history fall within a presumptive non-prison category under the sentencing guidelines or the provisions of SB 123 (K.S.A. 21-6824), the court may order the defendant to undergo treatment at any treatment facility or program operated by the U.S. Department of Defense, the federal Veterans’ Administration, and the Kansas National Guard.

Materials to explain the process and assist in the certification of the information required by the bill may be found under the “Legislation” tab on the KSC’s website, under the heading “Veterans Treatment”.