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Board of Supervisors County Administrator  
Meeting Date: 02/25/2020  
Brief Title:    Local Innovation Subaccount: Priority Focus for the FY 2019-20 Safe Communities Program Innovation Grant
From: Mindi Nunes, Assistant County Administrator, County Administrator's Office
Staff Contact: Eric Will, Associate Management Analyst, County Administrator's Office, x8157

Approve "Evidence-based strategies or programs preventing youth entry into the criminal justice system" as the priority focus for the Board of Supervisor's allocated Local Innovation Subaccount 2019-20 Safe Communities Program Innovation Grant. (No general fund impact) (Nunes/Will)
Recommended Action
Approve "Evidence-based strategies or programs preventing youth entry into the criminal justice system" as the priority focus for the Board of Supervisor's allocated Local Innovation Subaccount 2019-20 Safe Communities Program Innovation Grant.
Strategic Plan Goal(s)
Thriving Residents
  • Reduce disparities in health outcomes through upstream prevention by addressing root cause social determinants of health (education, income, neighborhood and housing).
  • Reduce economic and educational disparities while building resiliency for vulnerable children, youth, and their families.
Safe Communities
  • Reduce criminal activity and recidivism.
Reason for Recommended Action/Background
The Local Innovation Subaccount is a public safety fund mandated by the State as part of the Public Safety Realignment of 2011 (Realignment). In May 2016, the Board approved a policy that formalized a County process for allocation of the Local Innovation Subaccount funds through the creation of a “Safe Communities Program Innovation Grant” (see Attachment A). This grant program is funded through ten percent of four local growth accounts created through Realignment. These funds include the Trial Court Security, Juvenile Justice, District Attorney and Public Defender, and Community Corrections Growth Special Accounts, respectively.

This policy dictates that a priority focus theme should be established annually and that any theme should be a permissible use related to one of the four local growth accounts. Additionally, the County Administrator’s Office (CAO) is to announce the application period for the grant to community-based organizations and County staff. Once received, the applications are reviewed by an interdisciplinary scoring panel and a recommendation is presented to the Local Innovation Subaccount Ad Hoc Subcommittee. Once vetted through the Ad Hoc Subcommittee, a recommendation is presented to the Board of Supervisors for final approval.

For this year’s allocation, the subcommittee’s recommended priority focus is “Evidence-based strategies or programs preventing youth entry into the criminal justice system.” Examples of this focus area may include, but are not limited to, strategies or projects/programs that:
  1. Explore and identify best practices in prevention programs utilizing the “family model”
  2. Examine availability of parenting programs and supportive services
  3. Implement research-based prevention and educational programs that reduce crime
This priority focus supports the Board's 2020-2024 Strategic Plan under the Goals of Thriving Residents and Safe Communities. Furthermore, strategies and/or projects/programs in this category have been identified by the Community Corrections Partnership as essential to improving the County's criminal justice system.

Prior Years Safe Communities Program Grant Awards
Four awards have been distributed by the Board since 2016. The first award of $33,992 in Fiscal Year (FY) 2016-17 was awarded to the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office to fund a study and the development of a statement of work for a criminal justice and behavioral health information sharing project. Since the Sheriff’s Office was concurrently awarded technical assistance from the Integrated Justice Information Systems (IJIS) Institute for the project, in April 2018, the Board approved the funds to be carried forward to fund a contract with an IT project manager consultant to carry out the task plan produced by IJIS. The Criminal Records Access Management Workgroup is currently working with the Sheriff’s Office to research how other counties accomplished data sharing among criminal justice partners.

The second award of $115,000 in FY 2017-18 was given to the Yolo County Probation Department, in conjunction with the Yolo County Office of Education, in order to assist incarcerated youth transition from custody to the community with a one-on-one mentor, through a contract with the Anti-Recidivism Coalition.

Two awards were granted for FY 2018-19, one in the amount of $26,772.75 for CommuniCare to purchase a car for reentry services, and the other in the amount of $58,227,25 for Yolo Wayfarer Center dba Fourth and Hope to reserve rooms and provide outpatient substance use disorder treatment services to clients on probation.
Collaborations (including Board advisory groups and external partner agencies)
County Administrator's Office, Department of Financial Services, Local Innovation Subaccount Ad Hoc Subcommittee
Att. A. County Policy

Form Review
Inbox Reviewed By Date
Eric Will (Originator) Eric Will 02/11/2020 08:31 PM
Casey Liebler Casey Liebler 02/14/2020 08:48 AM
Mindi Nunes Mindi Nunes 02/17/2020 05:55 AM
Elisa Sabatini Elisa Sabatini 02/19/2020 10:01 AM
Form Started By: Eric Will Started On: 01/06/2020 11:04 AM
Final Approval Date: 02/19/2020
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