Johnson County's Commissioners approved and accepted a grant through the US Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) program for just under $14,000 which is significantly lower than it has been in recent years, according to County Attorney Tucker Ruby.
Ruby told the commissioners that although the grant application and the necessary paperwork needed to comply with the terms of the grant agreement is time-consuming, the count is probably not in a position financially to turn down funds that although may not be “free,” are nonetheless helpful and needed for the programs the funding is used for.
He said he, Clerk Vicki Edelman and those at Volunteers of America
(VOA) are willing to compile, keep, and submit the data necessary to maintain the grant for the count, and asked that the commissioners approve and accept the grant funds.
The funding is awarded to the county, who holds and then distributes the funding to VOA, that runs the county's juvenile diversion program, probation program, and drug court through an agreement with the county, and partially funded through the grant.