VOA Loses Funding, Looks to Jo Co for Help

VOA Loses Funding, Looks to Jo Co for Help

Volunteers of America of the Northern Rockies has lost a major portion of its grant funding for Johnson County's Youth Services Program, which provides alternatives to secure detention.

This grant was applied for under the Federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Program, and they have approached the Johnson County Commission for help in making up the portion of funds they have lost.

Craig Fisgus, with the VOA, explains what happened to their funding.

In the grant period that ended in September of 2010, Johnson County received $55,258 total; which $28,146 went to personnel costs; $720 went to supplies; $10,000 went to non-secure detention placements at Milestones Youth Home that were prepaid by the county at $100 per day for 100 bed days; $15,250 went to secure detention placements at the Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Casper (122 days at $125/day); and $1,142 went to transportation costs for the same detention center in Casper.

This year Johnson County will receive only $27,159 due to decreased Federal funding, which creates a $28,099 shortfall.

The commissioners discussed options including decreasing the number of pre-paid bed days at the detention facilities to also looking into different facilities in Gillette, to try to save money for the program.

The commissioners will have County Attorney Ken DeCock look over the issue and check into the Gillette facility and report back to the commission before they make a decision on funding.

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