Jo Co OKs Agreement for VOA Juvenile Services

Jo Co OKs Agreement for VOA Juvenile Services

The Johnson County Commission approved a new contract for Volunteers of America to continue providing juvenile probation and other services to the county at their meeting Tuesday.

The commission had decided not to renew the contract with VOA during meetings with VOA officials over the last couple of months, but in talks within the last couple of weeks, the differences and problems were worked through.

Heath Steele, Vice-President with VOA of the Northern Rockies, spoke to the commission, explaining what services the new contract would provide.

Both the commission and VOA were happy with the new contract, and both entities applauded the other regarding the discussions and compromises each brought to make the new agreement possible.

The new contract will take effect July 1st and will run through June 30th, 2012.

The contract with VOA will provide jail removal services for juveniles, not overnight detention services, so in addition to this contract, Steele said, a separate contract for bed days the county will pay for and with whom they will contract with is still being drawn and will be presented to the commission in the near future.

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