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Training Stipend RFA

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									                                      Request for Applications:
                          Drug/Specialty Courts Training Stipends Available!!

                                             Issued April 13, 2009
Lubbock County, on behalf of all Texas drug courts (specialty courts), has recently received grant funding from
the Criminal Justice Division, Office of the Governor for training stipends to attend specialized drug court
training. The training opportunities covered by these stipends include the National Association of Drug Court
Professionals Annual Training Conference (NADCP) in Anaheim, California, in June 2009 and the Texas
Association of Drug Court Professionals (TADCP) Annual Training Conference in Lubbock, Texas, in September
2009. Opportunities for members of your drug court team to attend this top-notch training are available as
described below.

Number and Amount of Training Stipends

There will be at least eighty training stipends not to exceed $2,000 to attend the NADCP Training Conference
in Anaheim, CA, in June 11-13, 2009.

There will be at least one hundred sixty training stipends not to exceed $700 to attend the TADCP Training
Conference in Lubbock, TX, on September 24-26, 2009.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for these training stipends, the following criteria must be met:

    1. The drug/specialty court must meet the ten key components of a drug court listed in Texas Health and
       Safety Code § 469.001.

    2. The court must have notified the Criminal Justice Division of the Office of the Governor pursuant to
       Texas Health and Safety Code § 469.003, by the date of this notice.

    3. Individuals selected to receive stipends must commit to attending the training sessions offered and to
       holding a meeting with members of the court team upon their return to discuss the material covered
       at the training.

    4. Courts with individuals selected must commit to covering any additional costs not covered by the
       training stipends.

    5. Priority funding will be given to at least one member from each court for a stipend to attend NADCP.

    6. Priority funding will be given to at least two members from each court for a stipdend to attend TADCP.

    7. Additional stipends to each operational court (or to courts in the planning phases) will be subject to
       the availability of funds.

    8. Recipients of training stipends must comply with their specific county policies in regard to travel and
       any other applicable policies.

    9. Reimbursement for meals will be at the federal per diem rate for the location of the training
       conference (currently $64 per day for Anaheim, CA, and $39 per day for Lubbock, TX).
Application Deadline

Courts must submit a consolidated application (i.e. one application per court) for stipends no later than April
30, 2009 by email at dslayton@co.lubbock.tx.us or by fax at 806-767-9656.

Selection Process

All applications submitted to Lubbock County are reviewed for eligibility, reasonableness, and availability of
funding. For applications submitted pursuant to this notice, the Lubbock County Director of Court
Administration will select a review group to prioritize the applications and submit a priority listing to the
Director, who will render the final funding decision. A review group may include staff members, experts in a
relevant field, and members of an advisory board or council.

Funding Decisions

All stipend funding decisions rest completely within the discretionary authority of Lubbock County. The
receipt of an application for funding by Lubbock County does not obligate Lubbock County to fund it at the
amount requested.

Reimbursement Process

The courts or individuals receiving stipends will be required to pay for expenses for the conference (including
airfare, hotel, registration fees, per diem, etc) and request reimbursement from Lubbock County. (Note: We
are trying to arrange direct billing with the hotels, but that is not confirmed at this point). Reimbursement
requests must be submitted no later than thirty days after the conclusion of the conference. Therefore,
courts or individuals should submit their request for reimbursement for NADCP no later than July 14, 2009,
and should submit their request for reimbursement for TADCP no later than October 26, 2009. Courts should
coordinate to submit requests for all costs for all stipend recipients on one form as prescribed by the Lubbock
County Director of Court Administration (form will be provided).

After review by Lubbock County, reimbursements will be issued as soon as practically possible.

Substitutions

After the award of training stipends, substitutions may only be made by with the approval of the Lubbock
County Director of Court Administration. To request a substitution, please email David Slayton at
dslayton@co.lubbock.tx.us.

								
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