Jo Co, Buffalo Agree to Joint Powers for Juvenile Services

Jo Co, Buffalo Agree to Joint Powers for Juvenile Services

The Johnson County Commissioners have approved a Juvenile Services Joint Powers Agreement that will now allow the entities involved to go after grants for juvenile services.

County Attorney Ken DeCock explained the situation to the county commission.

The money can be used for things such as hiring a part-time person to coordinate the city and county's juvenile services, or to implement a mentorship program, among other programs, according to DeCock.

The funding will come from a Juvenile Services Community BlockGrant through the Department of Family Services, DeCock said, and the $25 to $30,000 per year in funds are for the most part guaranteed for this year and the next two years if the joint powers pursue the grants.

The City of Buffalo is expected to come on board with the joint powers agreement at their meeting this week, and then the entities will go after funding through the grant application process soon after.

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