Fourth woman among new graduates from Veterans Treatment Court

Graduate of Veterans Treatment Court pose with U.S. Representative Sharice Davids

Rhianna Ray (left) and Corey Schramm (middle) pictured with U.S. Representative Sharice Davids (right). They were among the four veterans honored during the Veterans Treatment Court graduation ceremony.

Johnson County’s Veterans Treatment Court honored its latest program graduates with a ceremony on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at the Johnson County Courthouse.

This graduating class included the fourth woman to graduate from the program. A total of four veterans were honored during the graduation:

  • Rhianna Ray (8 years in Army)
  • Corey Schramm (9 years in Army)
  • Elby Williams (12 years in Marine Corps)
  • Ryan Salliotte (5 years in Army)

After Wednesday’s ceremony, a total of 57 veterans have graduated from VTC in Johnson County. There are currently 21 veterans in the program. District Court Judge Timothy P. McCarthy, who spearheaded the effort to bring VTC to the county, presided over the recognition ceremony.

Courthouse and county officials were present for the ceremony, as well as U.S. Representative Sharice Davids.

Johnson County District Court founded the first treatment court for veterans in the state of Kansas in January 2016. A year later, VTC recognized its first veteran to graduate from the program.

VTC’s mission is to identify veterans in the criminal justice system and to place eligible service people into treatment and court supervision as an alternative to incarceration.

In 2008, Judge Robert Russell in Buffalo, New York, began the first docket dedicated to veterans after he saw an increase in the number of military servicemen appearing on his drug and mental health court dockets.

Today, more than 250 treatment courts in 40 states offer services to military veterans. VTC programs in Missouri are available in Jackson and Clay counties and the city of Kansas City. Wyandotte County, Kansas started a second VTC in 2021.

Learn more about Veterans Treatment Court  and court services available in Johnson County.

Pictured graduates below include Rhianna Ray (left), Elby Williams (middle) and Corey Schramm (right).

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