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File #: 1926-2020    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 8/20/2020 In control: Public Safety Committee
On agenda: 9/14/2020 Final action: 9/17/2020
Title: To authorize and direct the Public Safety Director of the City of Columbus to accept a grant award through the FY20 Law Enforcement Diversion Program from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office; to authorize an appropriation of $62,500.00 from the unappropriated balance of the General Government Grant Fund to the Division of Police to cover the costs associated with the FY20 Law Enforcement Diversion Program; and to declare an emergency. ($62,500.00)
Attachments: 1. AGO LEDP DART Fully Executed FY 21 LEDP City of Columbus Grant Agreement..., 2. 2021 OAG LEDP Funding String

BACKGROUND: The City of Columbus has been awarded the Law Enforcement Diversion Program Grant Award from the State of Ohio Attorney General’s Office for the 2020 fiscal year. This program provides funding to support increased treatment, new tools for law enforcement, and expanding prevention to combat the opioid epidemic. This grant award will allow the Columbus Division of Police to maintain peace officer engagement with the Columbus Division of Fire’s (CFD) Rapid Response Emergency Addiction Crisis Team (RREACT). The project’s goal is to reduce the number of narcotics-associated police calls for service within the City of Columbus areas experiencing the highest rate of overdose calls, from data collected by CPD and CFD. This project involves partnering CPD Crisis Intervention Trained (CIT) law enforcement officers with CFD paramedics, social workers and trauma specialists to provide multi-disciplinary outreach services to survivors of an opioid overdose and their families within 72 hours of overdose, specifically for individuals who initially refused transport to clinical treatment facilities. The project objectives are to get said individuals into treatment at a target rate of 60%, to gather necessary intelligence for pre-emptive narcotics enforcement and future overdose prevention, and to stabilize households by providing necessary assistance and/or referrals to treatment options, recovery support, counseling, and mental health treatment services in an effort to reduce barriers to accessing treatment for the substance user. Therefore, the Public Safety Director is required to sign a grant award on behalf of the City.

Emergency Designation: Emergency legislation is necessary to make the funds available as soon as possible for the grant award, effective as of July 1, 2020.

FISCAL IMPACT: All appropriated funds will be reimbursed by the grant award. The grant appropriation will be activated upon receipt of a fully-executed agreement.


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