MISSION Direct Vet


MISSION Direct Vet (Maintaining Independence and Sobriety through Systems Integration, Outreach, and Networking - Diversion and Recovery for Traumatized Veterans) is a federally funded jail diversion program that provides manualized treatment to individuals in Massachusetts with co-occurring trauma-related mental health problems and substance abuse disorders who are involved in the criminal justice system. Priority is given to veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Purposes of MISSION Direct Vet:

• Identify veterans with mental illness and substance use disorders prior to the sentencing of their criminal case
• Propose services and treatment options as alternatives to incarceration
• Coordinate services between treatment providers and the courts, attorneys, jails, probation officers, and houses of correction

MISSION Direct Vet Provides the Following Services:

      • 12 months of peer support
      • 12 months of case management
      • MISSION-manualized approach to treatment
      • Referrals and linkages to services as needed including:
        • Medical and Mental Health Care
        • Substance abuse treatment
        • Veterans services
        • Vocational and independent living skills programs
        • Transitional Residence Programs
        • Family support
      • Coordination of treatment with local and state probation and parole agencies, to ensure seamless services and support to veterans


      • Current involvement with the criminal justice system
      • History of military service; priority given to OEF/OIF Combat Veterans
      • Presence of mental health problems and substance abuse difficulties
      • Able to receive and access services in Worcester county
      • Willingness to cooperate with care coordination between service providers and the court

Key Program Personnel:

Debra Pinals, MD
David Smelson, PsyD
Carl Fulwiler, MD, PhD

Peggy Wiinikainen, MA - Mission Direct Vet Case Manager
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508-373-7975 or 1-866-309-3359 (toll free)

Community Healthlink, Inc. • 72 Jaques Avenue, Worcester, MA 01610-2480 • Phone: 508-860-1000

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