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Fairfax County Recovery Act JAG Project

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $548,692)

This grant program is authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5) (the 'Recovery Act') and by 42 U.S.C. 3751(a). The stated purposes of the Recovery Act are: to preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery; to assist those most impacted by the recession; to provide investments needed to increase economic efficiency by spurring technological advances in science and health; to invest in transportation, environmental protection, and other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits; and to stabilize state and local government budgets, in order to minimize and avoid reductions in essential services and counterproductive state and local tax increases. The Recovery Act places great emphasis on accountability and transparency in the use of taxpayer dollars.

Among other things, it creates a new Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board and a new website ' Recovery.gov ' to provide information to the public, including access to detailed information on grants and contracts made with Recovery Act funds.

The Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program funded under the Recovery Act is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. Recovery JAG funds support all components of the criminal justice system, from multi-jurisdictional drug and gang task forces to crime prevention and domestic violence programs, courts, corrections, treatment, and justice information sharing initiatives. Recovery JAG funded projects may address crime through the provision of services directly to individuals and/or communities and by improving the effectiveness and efficiency of criminal justice systems, processes, and procedures.

The County of Fairfax will use the Recovery Act JAG funds to support the Diversion to Detox Program. The program improves the functioning of the criminal justice system and prevents and reduces crime in the community. The grant funds will support the salaries of substance abuse counselors. Through the Diversion to Detox Program, teams of substance abuse counselors travel to the location of intoxicated individuals, provide an on-site assessment, and (if appropriate and approved by the police) transport the individuals to a detoxification program in lieu of arrest. The provision of mobile Diversion Teams means police are able to 'hand off' an intoxicated individual almost immediately to Diversion Team members. The Diversion to Detox program offers an alternative to arrest that increases community safety by transporting intoxicated individuals to a safe place (detoxification program) and offering services that intervene in the addiction.


Date Created: July 29, 2009