Community corrections explores grant funding

By CANDY NEAL
cneal@dcherald.com

Dubois County Community Corrections has been on the search for grant funding to help replace funding it will lose from the state next year.

The Indiana Department of Correction has made some changes to how it funds community corrections programs. It will continue to fund the budgets, but is setting those budgets to run a calendar year instead of a fiscal year. The DOC is also planning to eliminate some of the annual grant funding it also provided.

Community corrections has submitted two grant applications to the Dubois County Substance Abuse Council, Community Corrections Director Megan Durlauf told the community corrections board Tuesday.

One application is a $1,500 request that would be used to provide incentives for participants to develop long-term positive behaviors to excel in the community corrections programs. The second request is for a $2,200 grant to provide workbooks and interactive journals for participants’ group and case management sessions.

Durlauf hopes to hear soon if the grants will be awarded.

She also said she has been talking to the Dubois County Community Foundation, which is looking at some ideas for providing funding.

“The foundation has some promising things for short-term funding,” she said. “I’m not yet sure what our relationship will be.”

In another financial matter, the board recommended to the Dubois County Commissioners that a county ordinance concerning how commissary revenue is spent mirror the state’s law. This change was suggested by the Indiana State Board of Accounts, Durlauf said.

Commissary revenue is spent on things used by participants, such as replenishing the commissary and purchasing drug test kits.

The state law says that community corrections can use commissary revenue in a similar manner as the sheriff’s office does, which Sheriff Tom Kleinhelter said is more broad than what the county ordinance allows.

The board also:

• Accepted Jodi Richardson’s resignation from the board and thanked her for her service. Richardson told Durlauf that her position at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center has become busier, which is why she is no longer able to serve on the board. Jennifer Merkley, who also works a Memorial, will replace Richardson.

• Approved paying qualified program providers that are not on community corrections’ staff $100 per service hour, effective Oct. 1. The current rate is $150 per hour.

• Was told that its next meeting will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the community corrections center, 257 Brucke Strasse, Jasper.




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