Background: This application is for the program’s yearly operating budget. The Muscogee County Mental Health Court is funded and supervised through the Georgia Criminal Justice Judges Coordinating Council. Their services have been proven to be effective in reducing the time a person, with a history of a chronic disabling mental illness and a co-occurring substance abuse diagnosis, is spending incarcerated. This not only is beneficial to the individual by providing needed treatment and supervision but it is also beneficial to the taxpayers. Participants of the program receive treatment in the community at a cost much less than if they were incarcerated. This grant is for the funding of the program during the next fiscal year starting July 1, 2017.
Analysis: This grant is a one-year grant starting July 1, 2017 and ending in June 30, 2018. The funding will allow the existing program to continue to provide services and to increase the number of participant’s ability to comply with and attend their mandated treatment. Funding will provide needed community monitoring and other supports, which will increase the participant’s ability to remain free of the legal system.
Financial Considerations: The grant amount is $203,768 with the City of Columbus required to provide $22,641 matching funds, resulting in a total grant amount of $226,409.
Legal Considerations: The requirements of the Grant is to provide the services outlined by the grant and to remain within the guidelines of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.
Recommended /Actions: Approval is requested to accept a Criminal Justice Coordinating Council’s Grant award of $203,768 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 is $203,768.00 with a required Match of $22,641. The total grant amount is $226,409.
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, 2017 to June 30, 2018; 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.
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 $203,768 with a required City of Columbus matching fee of $22,641, resulting in a total grant amount of $226,409.