Jo Co Approves VOA Bed Days Contract

Jo Co Approves VOA Bed Days Contract

Johnson County has a new agreement with Volunteers of America for them to provide juvenile detention services for the county's youth.
The county commissioners approved the contract drawn by county attorney Ken DeCock after discussions during their meeting last week.
DeCock had raised concerns over wording in the contract that said the county and city would be entering into the contract.
After discussions, the consensus was the county was ultimately responsible for all juveniles in the system, whether from circuit court or runaways picked up by the city.
Heath Steel, with VOA, explained his concerns with removing the city from the contract.
The tool he referred to was the city's ability to detain juveniles that have not committed an offense, such as runaways.
The other changes made in the current contract was to remove the provision where the contract was automatically renewed, and set up a yearly review of the agreement before committing to another year of services. Secondly, the agreement changed from a guaranteed payment from the county to VOA for 100 bed days down to 50 bed days, and agreed that VOA would bill daily for those days used over 50 but less than 100.

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