Agenda Item # 2


Columbus Consolidated Government
Council Meeting

6/7/2016

Agenda Report # 130


TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: Mental Health Court Grant

INITIATED BY: Superior Court

Recommendation: Approval is requested to accept a Criminal Justice Coordinating Council’s Grant award of $190,180, or as otherwise awarded, for the purpose of funding the Muscogee County Mental Health Court and to amend the multi-governmental fund by the amount awarded. The grant amount has a required Local Match of $21,131 to be provided by the City of Columbus.

Background: This application is for the program’s yearly operating budget. The Muscogee County Mental Health Court is one of over eighty (80) Accountability Courts specifically serving individuals with a history of having a severe and persistent mental illness and those individuals with a dual diagnosis of mental illness and substance abuse, who are involved in the legal system in Georgia. The grant is to provide funding to continue the existing program.

Analysis: This grant is a yearly award starting July 1, 2016 and ending June 30, 2017. The funding will allow the existing program to continue its services. One of the program’s goals is to increase the number of participants being served. Funding will also provide needed emergency treatment and other supports, which will increase the participant’s ability to remain free of the legal system.

Financial Consideration: This grant amount is $190,180 with the City of Columbus being required to provide a Match of $21,131, for a total award amount of $211,311.

Legal Requirements: The requirement of the Grant is to provide the services outlined by the grant and to remain within the guidelines of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.

Recommendation: Authorize a resolution to approve the receipt of the awarded Criminal Justice Coordinating Council’s Grant for the Muscogee County Mental Health Court in the amount of $190,180, or as otherwise awarded, with a Local Match requirement of $21,131 and amend the Multi-Governmental Fund by the amount awarded. This funding will be used to continue the services of the Muscogee County Veterans Treatment Court program.


A RESOLUTION
NO. _____


A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO APPROVE FOR ACCEPTANCE A GRANT FROM THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE COORDINATING COUNCIL TO FUND THE MUSCOGEE COUNTY MENTAL HEALTH COURT WITH A GRANT AWARD OF $190.180, OR AS OTHERWISE AWARDED, TO PROVIDE FUNDING FROM JULY 1, 2016 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2017, WITH A STATE REQUIRED LOCAL MATCH OF $21,131, MAKING THE TOTAL GRANT AWARD $211,311, AND AMEND THE MULTI-GOVERNMENTAL FUND BY THE AMOUNT AWARDED. THIS FUNDING AMOUNT WILL PROVIDE THE OPERATING COST OF THE MUSCOGEE COUNTY MENTAL HEALTH COURT FOR THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR.

WHEREAS, funds have been made from the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council to the Muscogee County Mental Health Court for a 12 month period from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017; and,

WHEREAS, funds have been made available from the State to the CJCC to fund Accountability Courts in the State of Georgia and the CJCC received applications from Mental Health Courts throughout the State of Georgia; and,

WHEREAS, funds are being made available from the Federal Government to the CJCC to fund Mental Health Courts in the State of Georgia and the CJCC has approved application from Mental Health Courts throughout the State of Georgia; and,

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

That the City Manager is hereby authorized to approve the receipt of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council’s Grant to provide funding for the Muscogee County Mental Health Court in the amount of $190,180, or as otherwise awarded, with a Local Match requirement of $21,131, and amend the Multi-Governmental Fund by the amount of the award.
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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the _________ day of _____________, 2016 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 Garrett voting __________.
Councilor Henderson voting __________.
Councilor Huff voting __________.
Councilor Thomas voting __________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting __________.
Councilor Woodson voting __________.



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