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File #: 21-0873    Version: 1
Type: Agenda Item Status: Approved
File created: 5/14/2021 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 6/8/2021 Final action: 6/8/2021
Title: District Attorney recommending the Board: 1) Authorize the District Attorney to accept a grant from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services for the Victim Witness Assistance Program with a total project cost of $496,181 for the period of October 1, 2021 - September 30, 2022, based on the received Letter of Intent; 2) Approve and authorize the Chair to sign the Certification of Assurance of Compliance; and 3) Authorize the District Attorney to execute the Grant Award Agreement and required documents, including any extensions or amendments thereof which would not increase net county cost, contingent upon review and approval by County Counsel. FUNDING: California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services Victims of Crime Act Fund.
Attachments: 1. A - VW21 RFA Solicitation_21-0873, 2. B - VW21 RFA Packet (Full File)_21-0873, 3. C - Letter of Intent to Fund VW21_21-0873, 4. D - VW21 Grant Package Approved Blue Route_21-0873, 5. E - 2-104f COAOC Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) - VP Signed_21-0873, 6. F - Operational Agreement DA VWU 2021-2024_21-0873, 7. Executed Ceritifcate of Assurance
Related files: 12-0616, 19-1307, 18-1666, 20-1082
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District Attorney recommending the Board:
1) Authorize the District Attorney to accept a grant from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services for the Victim Witness Assistance Program with a total project cost of $496,181 for the period of October 1, 2021 - September 30, 2022, based on the received Letter of Intent;
2) Approve and authorize the Chair to sign the Certification of Assurance of Compliance; and
3) Authorize the District Attorney to execute the Grant Award Agreement and required documents, including any extensions or amendments thereof which would not increase net county cost, contingent upon review and approval by County Counsel.

FUNDING: California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services Victims of Crime Act Fund.
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DISCUSSION / BACKGROUND
The District Attorney's Office has operated the Victim Witness Assistance (VW) Program since 1980. The purpose of the VW Program is to provide comprehensive services to victims and witnesses of all types of violent crime. The advocates funded under this grant are required to provide the following services: crisis intervention, emergency assistance, resource referral and assistance, direct counseling and therapy, claim assistance, property return, orientation to the criminal justice system, court escort, presentations and training for criminal justice agencies, public presentations and publicity, case status/disposition, notification of family and friends, employer notification/intervention, and restitution. The District Attorney's Office has operated the Victim Witness Assistance (VW) Program since 1980. The purpose of the VW Program is to provide comprehensive services to victims and witnesses of all types of violent crime. The advocates funded under this grant are required to provide the following services: crisis intervention, emergency assistance, resource referral and assistance, direct counseling and therapy, claim assistance, property return, orientation to the criminal justic...

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