Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Caitlin Stinneford

Second Advisor

Jack Murphy


The Monterey Military and Veterans Affairs Office (MVAO) is a lifeline to Monterey County veterans who suffer from PTSD, substance abuse, and have fallen into the justice system due to service connected disabilities. The MVAO has a justice outreach program that includes peer mentorship. The project's purpose is to ensure that veterans comply with the rules and regulations of the Monterey County Veterans Court and graduate from the program. The current program manager is tasked with the huge responsibility of veteran advocate, court liaison, peer program manager, and Veterans Affairs subject matter expert. The next steps the agency can take to ensure a higher rate of program compliance and graduation is to give the program manager help with the administration of Veterans Court, and elevate the peer mentor program. This help will come from implementing a new position titled Veterans Outreach Specialist.


This capstone is a relevant and working project with the Military and Veterans Affairs and the Monterey County Veterans Treatment Court. I have written a grant proposal for this position and hope to submit for funding in 2023.