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File #: 20-807    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 9/22/2020 Departments: DISTRICT ATTORNEY
On agenda: 10/20/2020 Final action: 10/20/2020
Title: Adopt a resolution authorizing the District Attorney to submit annual grant applications and execute grant agreements with the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services for the Victim/Witness Assistance Program for the period of October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021, October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022 and October 1, 2022 to September 30, 2023.
Attachments: 1. 20201020_r_Victim Witness
Special Notice / Hearing: None__
Vote Required: Majority

To: Honorable Board of Supervisors
From: Stephen M. Wagstaffe, District Attorney
Subject: Grant Award Agreements with the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services for the Victim/Witness Assistance Program

RECOMMENDATION:
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Adopt a resolution authorizing the District Attorney to submit annual grant applications and execute grant agreements with the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services for the Victim/Witness Assistance Program for the period of October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021, October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022 and October 1, 2022 to September 30, 2023.

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BACKGROUND:
The County has received funding for the Victim/Witness Assistance Program since 1974 from the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). Cal OES requires the County Board of Supervisors to approve the application and executed agreement for grant funds for Victim/Witness Assistance Program. The District Attorney will submit an application for the grant funds for the period of October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021. Because Cal OES requires a new application and executed agreement each year, for the sake of efficiency, the District Attorney seeks Board approval to submit a grant application and execute a grant award agreement for the period of October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022 and October 1, 2022 to September 30, 2023.

DISCUSSION:
The Victim/Witness Assistance Program was established in 1974. The Program, administered at the local level by the Office of the District Attorney, provides comprehensive services to diminish the adverse effects of crime on victims and their families. Services include, but are not limited to, crisis intervention, emergency assistance, resource and referral assistance, claims assistance and court/escort support. The Program provides services to victims of child abuse, elder abuse, false imprisonment, kidnapping and attempted ki...

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