Agenda Item # 6


Columbus Consolidated Government

Council Meeting

January 27, 2015

Agenda Report # 74

TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: Veterans Court Grant

INITIATED BY: Superior Court

Recommendation: Approval is requested to accept a Criminal Justice Coordinating Council’s Discretionary Grant award of $225,000 for the purpose of funding the Muscogee County Veterans Treatment Court. The grant amount is $225,000 with a required Match of $62,500, which the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council is deducting from the total award. This results in the Muscogee County Veterans Treatment Court receiving $162,500 without the program or the City of Columbus being required to provide funding.

Background: An application for funding for all Veteran Treatment Courts in Georgia was submitted by the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. The Muscogee County Veterans Treatment Court is one of eight (8) Accountability Courts specifically serving veterans, who are involved in the legal system in Georgia. The grant is to enhance existing programs and to provide funding for start-up programs.

Analysis: This grant is a three year grant starting January 1, 2015 and ending in August, 2017. The funding will allow the existing program to expand in it’s services and in the number of participants it will serve. 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 $225,000 with the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council deducting $62,500 (match funding) to cover administrative, and other expenditures required to monitor and manage the distribution and usage of the funds, and to assess and evaluate the effectiveness of the programs and services provided by this grant. The City of Columbus and the Muscogee County Veterans Treatment Court is not required to provide any monetary funding to receive this grant.

Legal Requirements: 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.

Recommendation: Authorize a resolution to approve the receipt of the awarded Criminal Justice Coordinating Council’s Discretionary Grant for the Muscogee County Veterans Treatment Court in the amount of $225,000 with $162,500 being actually received by the program. This funding will be used to enhance the services of the Muscogee County Veterans Treatment Court program.


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A RESOLUTION

NO. _____


A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE ACCEPTANCE OF A GRANT FROM THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE COORDINATING COUNCIL TO FUND THE MUSCOGEE COUNTY VETERANS COURT AND AWARD OF $225,000 TO PROVIDE FUNDING FROM JANUARY 1, 2015 THROUGH AUGUST 30, 2017. FUNDING WILL HAVE A STATE REQUIRED MATCH OF $62,500, WHICH WILL BE DEDUCTED FROM THE TOTAL AWARD RESULTING IN $162,500 GOING TO THE COURT PROGRAM.

WHEREAS, funds have been made available from the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) to Muscogee County Veterans Treatment Court for a 36 month period from January 1, 2015 to August 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 Veterans Treatment Courts throughout the State of Georgia; and,

WHEREAS, funds are being made available from the Federal Government to the CJCC to fund Veterans Treatment Courts in the State of Georgia and the CJCC has approved applications from Veterans Treatment 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 accept a Criminal Justice Coordinating Council’s Discretionary Grant to provide funding for the Muscogee County Veterans Treatment Court in the amount of $162,500.

Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the _________ day of _____________ 2015, and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of _____________ members of said Council.


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Councilor Baker voting ___________.
Councilor Barnes voting .
Councilor Buck voting ___________.
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Councilor Henderson voting .
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Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor