Agenda Item # 4

Columbus Consolidated Government
Council Meeting

July 14, 2015

Agenda Report # 04


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 $10,857 for the purpose of providing supplemental funding for the Muscogee County Mental Health Court, and to amend the Multi-governmental Fund by the amount of the award. This additional sub-grant is earmarked to provide funds for transportation for the program during the next 12 months from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. The additional supplemental grant amount is $10,875 with no match required.

Background: An application for funding for the Muscogee County Mental Health Court was sought through the State of Georgia Accountability Court Funding Committee. A specific application to provide transportation of participants to insure they are able to make their outpatient psychiatric, medical, and other social services appointments was requested. The funding and operations of the program is monitored and directed by the Georgia Accountability Court Funding Committee’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. The Muscogee County Mental Health Court specifically serves individuals with a history of a chronic disabling mental illness, who are involved in the legal system in Georgia. This sub-grant is to provide additional funding for the program for the next fiscal year starting July 1, 2015.

Analysis: This grant is a one-year supplemental grant starting July 1, 2015 and ending in June 30, 2016. 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 transportation to treatment, and other supports, which will increase the participant’s ability to remain free of the legal system.

Financial Consideration: This sub-grant amount is $10,875 with the City of Columbus required to provide no matching funds. This supplemental sub-grant will increase the total allocation for the Mental Health Court Program from $162,591 to $173,466.

Legal Requirements: The requirements of the Grant are 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 supplemental grant award for the Muscogee Mental Health Court in the amount of $10,875 with no additional match required, and to amend the Multi-Governmental Fund by the amount awarded. This funding will be used to for the operational expenses of the Muscogee County Mental Health Court program.

A RESOLUTION

NO. ______


A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO APPROVE FOR THE ACCEPTANCE OF A GRANT FROM CRIMINAL JUSTICE COORDINATING COUNCIL TO FUND THE MUSCOGEE COUNTY MENTAL HEALTH COURT WITH A SUPPLEMENTAL SUBGRANT AWARD OF $10,875 TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR TRANSPORTATION FROM JULY 1, 2015 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2016 WITH NO LOCAL MATCH REQUIRED AND TO AMEND THE MULTI-GOVERNMENTAL FUND BY THE AMOUNT OF THE AWARD. THIS FUNDING AMOUNT WILL INCREASE THE TOTAL FUNDING AWARD FROM THE ORIGINAL AWARD OF $162,591 to $173,466.

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, 2015 to June 30, 2016; 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 supplemental award to provide additional funding for the Muscogee County Mental Health Court in the amount of $10,875, with no local match required, and to 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 _______ 2015, and adopted at a Said meeting by the affirmative vote of __________ members of said council.


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



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Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Evelyn Turner-Pugh, Mayor Pro Tem