News June 01, 2011 to June 30, 2011

Iowa

Grants for Iowa Drug and Crime Prevention Awarded (06/29/2011)

The Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy, ODCP, announced Wednesday more than $4 million in federal grants has been awarded to 36 drug prevention, treatment and enforcement initiatives throughout Iowa. Grants include funding from the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) and Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) program.

“As new drugs emerge to pose additional threats to Iowans, and at a time when national reports indicate youth drug abuse is on the rise again, these resources will provide timely help to many communities,” said ODCP Director Mark Schouten. “These federal grants leverage precious local resources to strengthen coordinated efforts aimed at protecting Iowans from drugs and drug-related criminal activity.”

ODCP will make a total of $4,286,631 in JAG/RSAT grants available for the State fiscal year beginning July 1. New grants will be invested in 76 personnel working in multi-jurisdictional drug enforcement task forces, offender treatment and supervision programs and substance abuse prevention projects serving nearly the entire state.

Forfeiture Funds to Cover for Drug Task Force Cuts (06/29/2011)

The North Central Iowa Narcotics Task Force will use drug forfeiture funds to make up for a nearly $50,000 cut in federal funding to the program. The task force will receive $139,184 in funding through the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program for fiscal year 2012. That’s compared to $183,912 in federal funds that the task force received in fiscal year 2011.

Task Force head and Cerro Gordo County Sheriff Kevin Pals said the grant paid 75 percent of the costs of wages and benefits for four full-time drug investigators with the Mason City Police Department, Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Department, Clear Lake Police Department and Franklin County Sheriff’s Department.

Illinois

ICJIA Announces $260,000 Grant to Create Illinois Center of Excellence in Mental (06/10/2011)

Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) Executive Director Jack Cutrone today announced a $260,000 federal Justice Assistance Grant to Winnebago County for the creation of the Illinois Center of Excellence in Mental Health and Justice. Based in Rockford and serving all Illinois counties, the center will promote, coordinate, and provide training to communities looking to implement jail diversion programs and specialty courts for mentally ill and/or substance-abusing offenders, and offenders who are military veterans.

The Center of Excellence in Mental Health and Justice will be housed at the University of Illinois School of Medicine in Rockford, with satellites at other University of Illinois sites in Chicago, Peoria, Springfield, and Urbana/Champaign. Grant funding will support full- and part-time staff and program evaluators.