New Mexico VA Health Care System
Veterans Justice Outreach
The Veterans Justice Outreach initiative limits the criminalization and unnecessary arrest of Veterans suffering from acute and persistent mental illness through a targeted outreach program including many experiencing homelessness. VA Medical Center teams work to ensure that eligible justice-involved Veterans either currently experiencing homeless or reentering communities from incarceration receive appropriate mental health and substance abuse services. This outreach initiative involves collaboration among VA Medical Center points of contact, local law enforcement, and treatment services to provide for the needs of Veterans helping to avoid subsequent arrests and involvement with the criminal justice system.
Each VA medical center has been asked to designate a facility-based Veterans Justice Outreach Specialist to provide outreach, assessment, and case management for justice-involved Veterans in local courts and jails, and liaison with local justice system partners.
Veterans Justice Outreach services are designed to provide support to Veterans involved in the justice system, by linking them to treatment services within VHA. VJO’s are social workers and do NOT provide legal representation or advice.
Criminal Justice = involvement with jails or courts involving criminal charges. Call (505) 206-8453.
Civil Justice = non-criminal (not facing jail or prison), Examples: Family Law, Landlord/Tenant, Consumer/Bankruptcy. We do not handle wills or estate planning. Call (505) 265-1711, ext. 3434.
*This program sponsors a Civil Justice Clinic quarterly each year at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial, 1100 Louisiana Blvd. SE, Albuquerque. Call (505) 265-1711 ext. 3434 for the next scheduled date. Free to all VA-enrolled veterans. This clinic is the result of a collaborative effort by New Mexico VA Health Care System and the State Bar of New Mexico Young Lawyers Division, as well as other legal service providers and community partners from around the state.
Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center
- 505-265-1711 Ext. 3434
Hours of Operation
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.