Bernard V. Oliphant recently attended and completed the National Mentor Corps Boot Camp for professional development, which was conducted at the National Harbor near Washington, DC.
This program was developed and presented by “Justice for Vets” in collaboration with the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) conference. This training was provided at the RISE19 (new name for the NADCP conference), and this graduating class of mentors was the largest class in conference history.
Oliphant is the Buncombe County Veterans Treatment Court’s (VTC) Mentor Coordinator. VTCs are held bi-weekly at the old courthouse in Asheville to promote public safety through accountability and responsibility and to assist and support veterans and their families through a coordinated effort among the court and community-based Veteran services, thereby leaving no veteran behind. Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) plays a vital role in Veterans Treatment Courts by connecting veterans to disability compensations, pension benefits, employment and training services.
“Mentors are good people (veteran peers) with good intentions of wanting to help a brother or sister veteran successfully complete the requirements of Veterans Treatment Court programs,” and to support them in never again becoming involved in the criminal justice system,” said Oliphant. “We take into account the military culture, community, health and housing to address the complex needs of veterans, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Military Sexual Trauma, Substance Use Disorders. Mentors can help veterans with re-entry into civilian life challenges, and help veterans understand that recovery is a journey that you can’t do alone,” said Oliphant.
For more information, contact Buncombe County Veterans Treatment Court, Buncombe County Courthouse, Asheville, NC 28801. Or, phone Kevin Rumley, VTC Coordinator at (703) 389-9918.