Tim Healy

Tim Healy

Health Care Reentry Veterans - Peer Specialist Formerly Incarcerated

Tim Healy served Honorably as an Enlisted Naval Aircrewmen from 86 -90. Having struggled with substance abuse and a criminal mindset after discharge. Healy, accumulated dozens of convictions, and incarcerations at both the local and state levels inevitably facing his 3rd strike and a 37 to life sentence. Thankfully the VA’s Palo Alto Justice outreach team got involved, and a sympathetic Judge took a chance eventually sentencing Healy to a long-term SUD/MH inpatient program for veterans in Menlo Park, CA.   Healy went on to become a California Substance Abuse counselor is now working for over 10 years as a Veteran Justice Outreach Peer Support Specialist working directly with current and post release Veterans throughout central and northern California.

Reentry Conference Event Page

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
HALL B | St. Mary's Cathedral - Event Center

Veterans Justice: Insights, Avenues and Solutions

Mick Gardner
Mick Gardner - Manager C.O.V.E.R. In-custody/Out-of-custody Program/Swords to Plowshares


Judge Michael Isaku Begert
San Francisco Veteran Justice Court and Superior Court Judge
Ron Self
Executive Director - Veterans Healing Veterans, Formerly Incarcerated
Megan O’Leary
(Staff) Attorney - Veteran Upgrade - Swords To Plowshares
Jenna Ferrara, LCSW
Veterans Administration - Veteran Justice Outreach Specialist
Tim Healy
Health Care Reentry Veterans - Peer Specialist, Formerly Incarcerated


This Veterans Justice Panel is a dedicated group comprised of legal experts, veterans' advocates, justice-impacted supervision, and representatives from relevant community-based and VA agencies. The purpose, of this panel presentation is to demonstrate the impact of collaborative service provisions that veterans receive and the fair treatment within the justice system as they address their unique legal challenges. The panel discussion will include issues such as access to legal services, diversion programs for veterans with mental health or substance abuse issues, understanding and navigating veterans' benefits, addressing life skills strategies for Veterans to gain during their in-custody tenure, and advocating for policies that support veterans' rights. Utilizing this collaboration with various stakeholders, our panel aims to promote justice, support, and rehabilitation for those who have served our country.