Call with Timothy Jeffries, USDOJ/OJP/BJA Senior Policy Advisor

CA Collaborative Court Coordinators Work Group

March 15, 2017

  • Who is the new contact for California Drug Courts in the BJA office?
    • Gemee Joyce, Tim will forward the new grid for 202-514-6134
      • Been with BJA for 10 years and with DC for the past 4 years.  Has conducted “desk reviews” for grant funds.  Good time to request budget modifications; to request grant extensions and to share what you are learning from implementing grant goals
  • State policy advisor info below:
BJA Adult Drug Court Program – State Policy Advisor Assignments
State Policy Advisor Assigned States and Territories
Ms. Gemee Joyce

Email: gemee.joyce@ojp.usdoj.gov

Phone: (202) 514-6134

AK, AS, CA, GU, HI, IA, ID, MN, MP, NE, NM, NV, OR, SD, UT, WA, WI (+TLPI Tribal TTA)
Mr. Mark Kline

Email: mark.kline@ojp.usdoj.gov

Phone: (202) 514-9537

AR, AS, AZ, CO, GA, GU, LA, MO, MP, ND, OH, TX, VA, WV
Ms. NiKisha Love

Email: Nikisha.love@ojp.usdoj.gov

Phone: (202) 616-8241

AZ, CO, GA, LA, TX, VA, WV
Mrs. Tracy Lee-Williams (Lead)

Email: tracy.lee-williams@ojp.usdoj.gov

Phone: (202) 514-1499

DE, FL, IN, KS, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, MS, NC, NH, NY, OH, OK, PA, VT
Ms. Kerri Vitalo-Logan

Email: kerri.vitalo-logan@ojp.usdoj.gov

Phone: (202) 353-9074

AL, AR, CT, DC, IL, KY, MT, ND, NJ, PR, RI, SC, TN, VI, WY

Eric Dietrich, Division Chief is the new district supervisor.  Contact information:

U.S. Dept of Justice/Office of Justice Programs

Bureau of Justice Assistance

810 7th Street, N.W.

Washington, DC  20531

(202) 616-1733 (office)

(202) 598-7557 (mobile)

(202) 354-4124 (fax)

 

Erich.Dietrich@ojp.usdoj.gov

  • What is the current status of BJA funding for collaborative courts?
    • Received 160 applications this round.  No joint solicitation this year.  Evaluating the effectiveness of that approach combined with feedback from the field.  Looking at additional funding partners.  Hope to synthesize information and provide an update by the national conference.
    • Open to additional feedback from the field on this subject.
    • Funds for joint solicitations are not a separate allocation in funding for BJA.
    • The peer review process is now underway.  Request for more peer reviewers at this time
  • What are the new funding initiatives?
    • Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act and Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program
      • Utilizes funding from existing areas to create a new pool of funds to support improving opioid funding
      • Six categories for funding
        • These funds are valuable for use with programs that coordinate services for the opioid addicted person in being reintegrated into the community
        • Telemedicine remote treatment is also funded through this program
        • There is a naltrexone component for law enforcement to use.

 

Category 1: Overdose Outreach Projects – Applicants are limited to units of local government and federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior).

Category 2: Technology-assisted Treatment Projects – Applicants are limited to state agencies. State agencies include state administrative offices, state criminal justice agencies, and other state agencies involved with the provision of substance use disorder services to justice-involved individuals such as the State Administering Agency (SAA), the Administrative Office of the Courts, and the State Alcohol and Substance Abuse Agency.

Category 3: System-level Diversion and Alternatives to Incarceration Projects – Applicants are limited to units of local government and federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior).

Category 4: Statewide Planning, Coordination, and Implementation Projects – Applicants are limited to the State Administering Agency (SAA) responsible for directing criminal justice planning or the State Alcohol and Substance Abuse Agency.


 

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Category 5: Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Implementation and Enhancement Projects Applicants are limited to state governments that have a pending or enacted enabling statute or regulation requiring the submission of controlled substance prescription data to an authorized state agency. Applicants within a state that does not have an enabling state statute requiring the submission of controlled substance prescription data to an authorized state agency are eligible to apply as a city, county, or region if (a) the city, county, or region has enacted an enabling statute, ordinance, or regulation requiring the submission of controlled substance prescription data to an authorized city, county, or region and (b) the city, county, or region agrees to transition the PDMP system to an authorized state

agency when and if the state adopts an enabling state statute requiring the submission of controlled substance prescription data to an authorized state agency and ensures that all vendor contracts are written to permit the transfer of ownership of the system to the authorized state agency.

Category 6: Data-driven Responses to Prescription Drug Misuse Applicants are limited to state agencies and units of local government located in states with existing and operational prescription drug monitoring programs and federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior).

  • What is the current status of the prohibition on serving offenders with a violent felony in their backgrounds?
    • The discretionary grant program continues to maintain that no-violent offenders can be served.
    • The need to serve veterans with violent offenses is an issue.
    • The Second Chance Act modified the violent offender definition (violent offense punishable by one year or more = violent offense)
      • There is no restriction on JAG/Byrne funding for violent offenses
      • Encouraged to ask for use of this funding to support vets with a violent offense in their history.
  • When BJA started to get separate allocations for Veterans Treatment Courts, they secured approval to serve veterans with a history of violence;
    • Must declare this population in your program abstract.
  • What is the current status of this year’s grant application process?
    • Tim encouraged to continue to ask when funding will be available.  This can change from year to year.
    • Awards are usually announced late August, September.
  • Any news re: grant availability for 2018?  What will be funded?
    • At present this funding is under a continuing resolution until the end of the fiscal year.  This is considered a good thing.  Drug Courts have consistently received bi-partisan support which is a plus for the future.
  • Are there issues of unspent funds from BJA grants that could impact future allocations?
    • Grants are expected to be spent down fully.  Grant extensions are awarded to assure this.
    • Rarely is money returned with the possible exception of when an applicant receives another Federal grant for the same effort.
      • This can also happen if there is a new judge who does not want to take responsibility for a drug court.
  • Will there be future grant writing workshops?
    • Guidance re: how to award grants, peer review and trainings will be available once an Assistant Attorney General is appointed to oversee OJP/BJA
  • What are some of the focus areas and priorities for BJA drug court grants?
    • Priority towards community-reintegration –
      • Housing,
      • MAT ,
      • job skills,
      • civil/legal assistance to help with outstanding fees and fines
    • Issue of the needs of children in collaborative courts
      • This appears primarily in Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts because the family unit is defined as the “client”
      • OJJDP funds family dependency drug courts
      • BJA does not exclude issues of children especially for Veterans TX Courts
      • In Adult Drug Court the “client” is the adult not their children.
    • Expect next year’s solicitation to have different priorities due to a new administration.
  • New Point of Contact: Greg Torain has been hired to take Tim’s place as California’s single direct point of contact in BJA.  Tim will provide us with his contact information and bring him into our CA Collaborative Court Coordinator Work Group meetings.