WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced $138,514 in competitive grants to invest in the Allen County Juvenile Court to create jobs and expand support services. The federal funds, made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 are allocated through the Department of Justice (DOJ) Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program Expansion.
“The costs of this project are far outweighed by its benefits. It simply makes sense to reduce costly recidivism at a young age and ensure that young Ohioans can lead productive and crime-free lives,” Brown said. “It’s an investment in our youth as well as fiscal prudence.”
These funds will be used to expand the Court Assessment Services Team (CAST) Program. CAST is a team of mental health, diversion, probation and education professionals working in conjunction to serve court-involved youth. Grant funds will allow CAST to provide 250 eligible youth with more intensive services and all youth with initial problem identification screening.
For more information about recovery funding opportunities, please visit Brown’s recovery Web page HERE.