Justice Related Contracts and Grants

Contracts

The Office of Justice Coordination maintains oversight of more than 60 justice-related contracts. These contracts include areas such as law enforcement services, substance abuse treatment, jail diversion programs, legal aid services, juvenile detention and public safety.

Major Contracts Justice Coordination oversees:

  • Department of Juvenile Justice
    State-mandated funding that requires counties to share the cost for Florida Department of Juvenile Justice pre-dispositional detention care.
  • Guardian Ad Litem Program
    State-mandated funding that requires counties to share the program cost by providing space and communications.
  • Sixth Judicial Circuit Personnel
    County provides funding for about 40 court employees who report directly to the chief judge of the Sixth Circuit under an interlocal agreement signed in 1996 that continues to this day. The Florida Interlocal Cooperation Act of 1969 says, in part, that the county and the court wish to provide for the rights and duties of county-funded court employees.
  • Medical Examiner and Forensic Laboratory
    The mission of the Medical Examiner’s office is to investigate certain deaths and to be of service to families of the deceased and local government agencies.

Grants

Justice Coordination helps to oversee more than 10 grants with community partners, providing a variety of services to justice-involved residents. These services include diversion programs, behavioral health and substance use treatment, and domestic violence advocacy.

Pinellas County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Trust Fund

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Trust Fund monies are used to support local drug abuse treatment and prevention programs. All applications received are reviewed by the Substance Abuse Advisory Board and awarded upon approval by the Board of County Commissioners.

2022-2023 Alcohol and Drug Abuse Trust Fund Grant Awards

Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Countywide Grant (JAG)

The JAG countywide program is a federal pass-through appropriation that allows states and local governments to support a broad range of programs to prevent and control crime and improve the criminal justice system through these program types:

1) Law Enforcement.
2) Prosecution and Court.
3) Prevention and Education.
4) Corrections and Community Corrections.
5) Drug Treatment.
6) Planning, Evaluation and Technology Improvement.
7) Crime Victim and Witness.
8) Mental Health.

2021-2022 Justice Assistance Grant Countywide Awards

Justice Grant Programs

Veterans Treatment Court Enhancement

Collaborative, non-adversarial treatment strategy for veterans involved with the criminal justice system who suffer from substance abuse problems and co-occurring post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, military sexual trauma, and other psychological and physical problems as a result of having served in the armed forces.

Criminal Justice, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Reinvestment Grant

The Road to Success Program is an expansion of the public defender’s Crossover for Children program. Assists juveniles and young adults whose cases cross over into both the dependency and delinquency courts and have a mental health diagnosis, substance use disorder, or co-occurring mental health and substance use disorder.

Pinellas County Adult and Juvenile Drug Courts

A voluntary court-supervised comprehensive treatment for eligible nonviolent felony offenders. Juvenile drug court offers youth a diversion program for misdemeanor and felony drug charges.

Drug Court Expansion Program

A prison diversion program that extends substance abuse treatment to a population of nonviolent felony offenders who might otherwise be sentenced to prison.

Pinellas Criminal Domestic Battery Response Improvements Project

Improving Criminal Justice Responses to Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking grant program. Funds Batterers Intervention Program classes in the jail and provides judicial advocates to help victims in misdemeanor court.

Opioid-Affected Youth Initiative

Facilitates rapid access to care for at-risk children from Early Childhood Court and those of parents in Family Dependency Treatment Court.

Pinellas Adult Drug Court Expansion Program

Outpatient treatment services to expand and enhance the capacity of the Pinellas Adult Drug Court to address gaps in the continuum of treatment and facilitate reductions in recidivism and substance abuse.

Aurora Project

The Aurora Project provides treatment and therapy services for nonviolent offenders with histories of sexual abuse and/or victims of human trafficking who are in the Sixth Judicial Circuit Adult Drug Court Program.