Agenda Item # 1

Columbus Consolidated Government
Council Meeting
June 16, 2015

Agenda Report # 122


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 $180,657 for the purpose of funding the Muscogee County Mental Health Court. The grant amount is $162,591 with a required match of $18,066.

Background: An application for funding for the Muscogee County Mental Health Court request annually for funding of the program through the State of Georgia Accountability Court Funding Committee. The funding and operations of the program is monitored and directed by 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. The grant is to provide operational funding for the program for the next fiscal year starting July 1, 2015.

Analysis: This grant is a one year 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 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 $162,591 with the City of Columbus required to provide a match funding in the amount of $18,066.

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 Mental Health Court in the amount of $162,591 with a required match of $18,066 resulting in $180,657 being actually received by the program. 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 THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE COORDINATING COUNCIL TO FUND THE MUSCOGEE COUNTY MENTAL HEALTH COURT AN AWARD OF $162,591 TO PROVIDE FUNDING FROM JULY 1, 2015 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2016. FUNDING WILL HAVE A STATE REQUIRED MATCH OF $18,066, WHICH RESULTS IN $180,657 GOING TO THE COURT PROGRAM.

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 Grant of $162,591 and local match of $18,066 to provide funding for the Muscogee County Mental Health Court in the amount of $180,657.
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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.



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