Agenda Item # 1

Columbus Consolidated Government

Council Meeting

06/24/2014

Agenda Report # 146


TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: Mental Health Court Accountability Court Grant for FY15

INITIATED BY: Superior Court


Recommendation: Approval is requested to submit a grant application and if approved, accept funds from the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council in the amount of $163,580, or as otherwise awarded, with a 10% local match of $18,176 required, for operation of Muscogee County Mental Health Court and amend the Multi-Governmental Fund by amount of grant award. The grant period is from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015.

Background: During the legislative session, Governor Nathan Deal and the Georgia General Assembly appropriated funds to the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council for the purpose of providing support for Accountability Courts throughout the state.

Analysis: The Muscogee County Mental Health Court is requesting funds to provide treatment services, case management, emergency housing, transportation services, emergency medication, clinical assessment, program evaluation, and surveillance for participants in the court system who have special mental health needs, which would not be available otherwise.

Financial Considerations: The City is required to provide 10% matching funds, estimated to be $18,176 for FY15, to participate in this grant program.

Projected Annual Fiscal Impact Statement: There will be no additional expenditures or requirements.

Legal Considerations: The Columbus Consolidated Government is eligible to apply for these funds from the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.

Recommendations/ Actions: Authorize the City Manager to submit an application and if approved accept a grant from the Accountability Court Funding Committee of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council for the operation of the Muscogee County Mental Health Court from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2016 and to amend the Multi-Governmental Fund by the amount of the grant award plus the 10% cash match.

A RESOLUTION

NO. _____


A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION TO THE ACCOUNTABILITY COURT FUNDING COMMITTEE FOR A GRANT IN THE AMOUNT OF 163,580, OR AS OTHERWISE AWARDED, WITH A 10% CASH MATCH REQUIREMENT IN THE AMOUNT OF $18,176, TO FUND THE MUSCOGEE COUNTY MENTAL HEALTH COURT FOR FY15, AND IF AWARDED, AMEND THE MULTI-GOVERNMENTAL FUND BY THE AMOUNT OF THE GRANT AWARD PLUS THE LOCAL MATCH.

WHEREAS, funds have been made available from the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council for the Muscogee County Mental Health Court for Fiscal Year 2015; and,

WHEREAS, the funds are being made available to provide support for the operation of the Muscogee County Mental Health Court, presided over by Judge Rumer; and,

WHEREAS, the Accountability Court Funding Committee administers the awards provided by the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council for Accountability Courts throughout the State of Georgia.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

That the City Manager is hereby authorized to submit an application for a grant to the Accountability Court Funding Committee to provide funding for the Muscogee County Mental Health Court for FY2015, with a 10% local match requirement and to amend the Multi-Governmental Fund by the amount of the grant award and local match.


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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the _________ day of _____________, 2014 and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of
_____________ members of said Council.


Councilor Allen voting __________.
Councilor Baker voting __________.
Councilor Barnes voting __________.
Councilor Davis voting __________.
Councilor Henderson voting __________.
Councilor Huff voting __________.
Councilor McDaniel voting __________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting __________.
Councilor Thomas voting __________.
Councilor Woodson voting __________.

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Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor