AUGUSTA — Maine lawmakers will consider a bill to create a Veterans Treatment Court during the 2012 session.

House and Senate leaders agreed last week to allow the bill to be considered during this Legislature’s 2nd session, which is usually limited to emergency and governor’s bills.

Rep. Maeghan Maloney’s bill calls for Veterans Treatment Courts that would be similar to Drug Courts, but serve only military veterans suffering from substance abuse and mental illness. The Augusta Democrat says there are 150,000 veterans in Maine. Nationally, one in five veterans report symptoms of mental disorder.

The session starts in January.

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