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AI-12178 2.F.       
Meeting Date: 07/15/2020  
Acceptance of Veterans Treatment Court Award
Submitted By: Natalie Eckstrom, Grants Department
Department: Grants Department  

Ratify the acceptance of a Notice of Grant Award from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans' Assistance for the Veterans Treatment Court Grant and create two (2) full-time Assistant Veterans Treatment Court Coordinators, Pay Group 16, to be funded through this grant.
The Fund for Veterans’ Assistance (FVA or “Fund”) was created in the 79th Legislature, and codified in the Texas Government Code § 434.017, Fund for Veterans’ Assistance and the Texas Administrative Code § 460, Fund for Veterans’ Assistance Program.  The 83rd Legislature established the Veterans Treatment Court (then called Veterans Court) as defined in Title 2. Subtitle K. Chapter 124 of the Texas Government Code.  During the 84th Legislature, the General Appropriations Act appropriated funds to the Texas Veterans Commission for a Veterans Treatment Court Grant.  The Fund is composed of money deposited under Government Code §§ 466.027 and 466.408 for proceeds from a Texas Lottery Commission Veterans’ Assistance game, Texas Transportation Code § 502.1746 for donations from vehicle registration and drivers’ license renewals, Government Code § 411.1741 for donations from License to Carry renewals, Parks and Wildlife Code §12.07 for donations from hunting and fishing license renewals, gifts and grants contributed to the Fund, and the earnings of the Fund.  The Texas Veterans Commission oversees all rules governing the awarding of grants from the FVA.

The Texas Veterans Commission is authorized to use funds appropriated to the FVA to administer the Fund and make reimbursement grants to address the needs of Veterans.  The Veterans Treatment Court Grant Program provides reimbursement grants to eligible units of local government to assist Texas Veterans and their families in obtaining services through Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) programs established under Texas Government Code § 124.001-.006.
On October 16, 2019, the Commissioners Court approved the submission of the grant application for the 105th District Court for the Veterans Treatment Court Program. The application was approved for the full amount of $300,000 and will fund two new full time positions (Assistant Court Coordinators) for the 105th District Court to assist in the program. The grant will also fund GPS monitoring, alcohol testing and travel and supplies.

 The grant award is for $300,000 with no cash match and will run from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.

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