Johnson County's commissioners tentatively approved a new contract with Volunteers of America to continue running the County's juvenile detention and probation services.
Funding to Johnson County to help pay for the program was recently cut, and VOA approached the commission earlier this month to seek more funding from the county to continue the program.
The county has no facilities to house juvenile offenders and VOA contracts for detention at their Casper facility and for probation and diversion programs here in Johnson County.
The County pays for a number of bed nights at the facility, but many go unused, and the County was considering canceling their contract with VOA and running the program themselves.
Craig Fisgus is with VOA; he gave a proposal to the commissioners Tuesday, addressing a number of concerns of the commission and from County Attorney Ken DeCock regarding VOA's agreement with the County.
Fisgus asked the County to fund the program as they had before, but with a reduction in the number of bed days they would pay for, and in return, he said, VOA would continue to provide a full-time position with all the support services; increased communication between the county attorney, the commissioners and VOA; and would move forward with a new contract and in hiring a second person for the Buffalo VOA office.
The commissioners agreed to the terms and will await the new contract from VOA to be approved by the county attorney.