Agenda Item # 5

Columbus Consolidated Government
Council Meeting

05/22/2018

Agenda Report # 122


TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program FY18 Competitive Grant Announcement

INITIATED BY: Superior Court - Adult Drug Court


Recommendation: Approval is requested to submit an application, and if approved, accept $500,000.00 from the US Department of Justice for the operation of the Muscogee County Adult Felony Drug Court, from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2022 and to amend the Multi-governmental Fund by $500,000.00. ($125,000.00 per year for 4 years)

Background: The Department of Justice has provided funds to enhance Adult Drug Courts. The funds are being provided through the US Department of Justice to be utilized to operate courts in FY19-22. These funds will be used to partner with New Horizons Behavioral Health to enhance the treatment options of the Adult Drug Court and better serve the community with Medication Assisted Treatment options. This award will also allow the court to partner with Dr. Andrew Cox in providing clinical and program evaluation services to the court.

Analysis: The Muscogee County Adult Felony Drug Court is requesting a grant of $500,000.00 from the US Department of Justice to operate the Adult Felony Drug Court for a period of 48 months.

Financial Considerations: The City is required to provide a 25% cash or In Kind matching funds to participate in this grant program. Cash match in the amount of $166,666.67 over the project period of 48 months is $41,666.50. This amount is satisfied by the annual salary of a city paid employee, Ingrid Edwards, combined with local DATE funds allocated to the Adult Drug Court in the amount of at least $8,400 annually. The Adult Drug Court is historically awarded in excess of this amount from the DATE funds.

Projected Annual Fiscal Impact Statement: The Columbus Consolidated Government will not be required to continue this program when the grant funds have been expended

Legal Considerations: The Columbus Consolidated Government is eligible to apply for funds from the US Department of Justice.

Recommendations/ Actions: Approve a resolution authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application and if approved, accept funds from the US Department of Justice for the operation of the Muscogee County Adult Felony Drug Court, from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2022 and authorize a sole source contract to New Horizons Behavioral Health and Dr. Andrew Cox and to amend the Multi-Governmental Fund by the amount of the grant award.



A RESOLUTION
NO. _____

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO SUBMIT AND IF APPROVED, ACCEPT A GRANT OF $500,000.00 FROM THE US DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO FUND THE MUSCOGEE COUNTY ADULT DRUG COURT FROM JANUARY 1, 2019 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2022 WITH A 25% CASH/ IN KIND LOCAL MATCH REQUIREMENT AND TO AMEND THE MULTI-GOVERNMENTAL FUND BY THE AWARD AMOUNT.

WHEREAS, funds have been made available from the US Department of Justice to the Adult Drug Court for a 48 month period beginning January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2022; and,

WHEREAS, funds are being made available to provide support for the operation of the Muscogee County Adult Drug Court for FY19 – FY22; and,

WHEREAS, funds have been made available from the US Department of Justice to enhance Adult Drug Court programs and the BJA is accepting grant requests from Accountability Courts throughout the United States; and,

WHEREAS, the City is required to provide a 25% cash or In Kind matching funds to participate in this grant program. Cash match in the amount of $166,666.67 over the project period of 48 months is $41,666.50. This amount is satisfied by the annual salary of a city paid employee, Ingrid Edwards, combined with local DATE funds allocated to the Adult Drug Court in the amount of at least $8,400 annually. The Adult Drug Court is historically awarded in excess of this amount from the DATE funds.

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

That the City Manager is hereby authorized to submit a grant application to the US Department of Justice to fund the Muscogee County Adult Drug Court and if awarded accept $500,000.00 to provide funding from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2022.


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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the _________ day of _____________ 2018, 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 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