Targeted Community Alternatives to Prison (T-CAP)
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The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC), Bureau of Community Sanctions (BCS) is soliciting interest from Ohio Counties who wish to participate in the Targeted Community Alternatives to Prison (T-CAP) grant in fiscal years 22/23. This grant provides funding to Ohio Courts of Common Pleas through Ohio County Boards of Commissioners, who submit a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) pursuant to ORC §2929.34 and §5149.38. The purpose of this grant opportunity is to provide funds to local communities to effectively supervise, provide treatment services and hold accountable low-level, non-violent offenders in the community.
Due to the unanticipated amendments made to the T-CAP provisions introduced by the Ohio House Finance Committee, which can be found here (pages 596 – 597 and 1731 – 1735), ODRC has extended the deadline for the submission of the application/MOU to June 7, 2021. Please see the below updated calendar of events.
Please note that as the state budget process continues through the General Assembly, further amendments may occur.
UPDATED CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Application/MOU Period Opens: March 24, 2021 at 11:00am
Application/MOU Period Closes: Extended to June 7, 2021 at 8:30am
Application/MOU Screening Completion Date: June 10, 2021
Notification to County: June 14, 2021
Grant Period: July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2023
Expenditure Period: July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2024
Effective Date: July 1, 2021
All Ohio counties are eligible, however, ODRC anticipates receiving the FY 21/22 funding allocation for FY 22/23. Funds may only be available to continue the grants awarded to the 60 counties who participated during FY 20/21. However, if any of those counties choose not to participate during FY22/23, there may be funding available for new counties to participate, but ODRC cannot guarantee that new applicant counties will be funded in FY 22/23. R.C. sec. 5149.38 requires the submission of an MOU signed by a county commissioner representing the board of county commissioners of the county, the administrative judge of the general division of the court of common pleas of the county, the sheriff of the county, and an official from any municipality operating a local correctional facility which courts of the counties sentence offenders and which must include: (1) plans by which the county will use grant money provided to the county in state fiscal year 2022 and succeeding state fiscal years and (2) specifies the manner in which the county will address a per diem reimbursement of local correctional facilities.
Per R.C. sec. 5149.38 (B) Two or more counties may join together to jointly establish an MOU provided that the MOU is signed by each of the affiliating counties’ board of commissioners, administrative judge, sheriff, and official from any municipality operating a local correctional facility which courts of the counties sentence offenders.
T-CAP GRANT DEFINITIONS
As used in this announcement:
1. “Participant County” - A county that participated in the T-CAP grant during FY20/21
2. “New Applicant County” - A county that did not participate in T-CAP grant during FY20/21
3. “T-CAP Target Population” - Felony 5 offenders who are prohibited from serving a prison sentence in ODRC on and after July 1, 2018. Specifically, no person sentenced by the court of common pleas from a county participating in the grant to a prison term for a felony of the fifth degree shall serve the term in an institution under the control of ODRC. This does not apply to any person to whom any of the following apply:
(i) The felony of the fifth degree was an offense of violence, as defined in section 2901.01 of the Revised Code, a sex offense under Chapter 2907 of the Revised Code, a violation of section 2925.03 of the Revised Code, or any offense for which a mandatory prison term is required.
(ii) The person previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to any felony offense of violence, as defined in section 2901.01 of the Revised Code.
(iii) The person previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to any felony sex offense under Chapter 2907 of the Revised Code.
(iv) The person's sentence is required to be served concurrently to any other sentence imposed upon the person for a felony that is required to be served in an institution under the control of ODRC.
4. “Grant Period” – time period within which a County receives T-CAP funds on a quarterly basis.
5. “Expenditure Period” – time period within which a County may expend T-CAP funds.
NOTE: As the proposed FY22/23 State Budget did not include an increase in available T-CAP funds, the current 60 participant counties will be given priority and will be funded at the same rate as FY20/21 if they choose to re-apply. Should additional T-CAP funds be available, New Applicant Counties will be considered on a first-come, first served basis based on the funding levels indicated at the bottom of this solicitation. We cannot guarantee that New Applicant Counties will be funded in FY 22/23.
PLEASE READ THE BELOW INFORMATION
- If your county did not participate in the T-CAP grant during FY20/21, please see the new applicant county section.
- If your county participated in the T-CAP grant during FY20/21, please see the participant county section.
- New Applicant County – The T-CAP grant and the T-CAP Target Population mandates do not currently apply to these counties. However, if a county chooses to submit a MOU prior to the deadline as a result of this solicitation and is selected to participate, the T-CAP Target Population would begin on July 1, 2021 and run through June 30, 2023. If selected, the County will receive the grant fund amount listed in this solicitation as indicated during the biennium.
- If the New Applicant County chooses not to reply to this solicitation, there are no changes in its status. The T-CAP Target Population mandates would not apply to that county and no grant funds would be provided.
- Participant County - The T-CAP Target Population mandates and grant currently apply to these counties. If the County chooses to submit a MOU prior to the deadline as a result of this solicitation, the county will continue to be funded in FY22-23. The county will receive the grant funding as indicated in this solicitation and the T-CAP target population mandates will continue to apply to the county thru June 30, 2023.
- If the Participant County chooses not to submit a MOU as a result of this solicitation, we will consider the county’s non-submission as its indication that it will not continue participation in FY22-23. The T-CAP target population mandates will cease on July 1, 2021 and the county will not receive grant funds in FY22-23.
- Each county will complete a simple online application to receive its predetermined funding amount based on the formula.
- Funding will be distributed in quarterly payments for both fiscal years.
- Funding will be provided through a grant to the respective county commissioners that mirrors the current funding process for ODRC diversion grants.
- Funding may be spent on any community correction purpose but may not be used for any capital project. Examples of acceptable uses are:
- Personnel costs, including probation services
- Program Expenses, to pay for costs of programs not already covered by Medicaid or supported by other agencies such as OMHAS
- Electronic Monitoring Services
- Contracts for residential or outpatient treatment services
- Residential services, including costs of local jail incarceration
1. Counties must accept funding provided quarterly by electronic fund transfer. Counties may use the funding provided for a wide variety of community correction operational expenditures including costs associated with personnel, general operating expenses, program expenses (non-residential or residential) and equipment. Please see the T-CAP fiscal guidelines for specifics. Counties do not need prior approval from ODRC for any appropriate expenditure. Capital improvement expenses are not permitted. The funding amounts available by county for this grant are listed below.
2. Counties must submit quarterly fiscal expenditure reports throughout the grant period as instructed by ODRC per the T-CAP fiscal guidelines. The expenditure report is listed in those guidelines. Counties must provide supporting documentation of expenditures if requested by ODRC. Counties may expend funds received during the grant period until June 30, 2024. Once the County has expended all the funds received, fiscal expenditure reports are no longer required. If the County has not expended all funds by June 30, 2024, any remaining funds must be returned to the State of Ohio.
3. Counties will be required to sign a formal grant agreement if ODRC accepts the MOU.
ODRC RESPONSE AND NEXT STEPS
Participant counties who submit an acceptable MOU, will receive a written reply from ODRC to the contact person listed in the MOU along with the T-CAP grant agreement for signature. When the grant agreement is returned to ODRC, the first quarterly payment will be provided to the County.
If the MOU submitted by a Participant county is not acceptable, ODRC will communicate with the contact person listed on the MOU with further instructions. It is ODRC’s intent to fund all Participant Counties who submit an acceptable MOU.
If funds are available to offer T-CAP Grants to New Applicant Counties, submitted MOUs will be reviewed in the order in which they were received. ODRC will follow the same procedure as outlined above for Participant Counties until an acceptable MOU is received.
TO SUBMIT AN MOU
Please contact any of the following ODRC staff with questions regarding this announcement:
Christopher Galli – BCS Chief – 614-728-9990
Matthew Morris – BCS Asst. Chief – 614-752-1008
T-CAP FUNDING AVAILABLE BY COUNTY:
The amounts listed below are the intended total funding amount for Participant Counties and those new Applicant Counties that are able to be funded for the entire two-year grant period and will be paid in quarterly installments over the course of state fiscal year 2022 and 2023. The availability of funds for the T-CAP program is contingent on appropriations made by the Ohio General Assembly’s appropriation of the Community Non-Residential Felony Programs subsidy. Should those appropriations change, ODRC may reduce, suspend, or terminate any allocation it determines necessary.
Total T-CAP Funding Allocation for FY 2022 & 2023
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