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File #: 4272   
Type: Consent Status: Passed
File created: 5/28/2021 Department: District Attorney
On agenda: 6/8/2021 Final action: 6/8/2021
Subject: Grant Application for the 2021-22 Victim Witness Assistance Program
Attachments: 1. RES-DA-6-8-2021-GRANT APPLICATION FOR THE 2021-22 VICTIM WITNESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, 2. ATT-DA-6-8-2021-GRANT APPLICATION FOR THE 2021-22 VICTIM WITNESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, 3. Item #42 Executed BAI, 4. Unexecuted Application, 5. 2021-094 Executed Resolution





June 8, 2021



JASON ANDERSON, District Attorney 




Grant Application for the 2021-22 Victim Witness Assistance Program





1.                     Approve grant application to the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) in the amount of $3,907,074, which includes grant funds of $3,189,558 plus a local match of $717,516, for the San Bernardino County Victim Witness Assistance Program for the period of October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022.

2.                     Adopt Resolution, as required by Cal OES, authorizing the District Attorney to sign and submit the grant application, including the Certification of Assurance of Compliance and any non-substantive grant application amendments, subject to review by County Counsel.

3.                     Direct the District Attorney to transmit all grant application documents and amendments in relation to this grant application to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors within 30 days of execution.

(Presenter: Michael Fermin, Chief Assistant District Attorney, 382-3662)




Provide for the Safety, Health and Social Service Needs of County Residents.

Pursue County Goals and Objectives by Working with Other Agencies.



Approval of this item will not result in additional Discretionary General Funding (Net County Cost).  Grant funds in the amount of $3,189,558 from CalOES will help fund the cost of one Assistant Victim Services Chief position, two Supervising Victim Advocate positions, 20 Victim Advocate II positions, one Mass Victimization Advocate position, 22 Victim Advocate I positions, three Office Assistant III positions, and minimal operating expenses within the District Attorney’s Office (Department).  This grant requires a local cash match of $717,516 which will be funded from the Department’s existing budget allocation.    The Department will include budget adjustments for approval by the Board of Supervisors (Board) when the actual award is received, if necessary.



The Victim Witness Assistance Program (Program) provides funding for a wide variety of social services to victims of and witnesses to crimes, including assistance with obtaining emergency funeral and burial funding, assisting with temporary lodging and relocation, referrals to medical and mental health providers, coordination of volunteer support from the community, and assistance to victims with applications for benefits from the California Victim Compensation Program for crime-related economic losses.  Department staff (Advocates) assist victims and witnesses in the criminal justice system by explaining the process, accompanying them to court and, when necessary, providing transportation to and from court.


On March 16, 2021, CalOES released its Request for Application (RFA) for Program grant funding for the upcoming grant period of October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2022.  This grant funding is only available to past year recipients of the Victim Witness Assistance grant.  In accordance with Penal Code section 13835 et seq., the Department has administered this Program for the County since 1980.  Further participation in the Program will allow the Department to continue to provide these vital services to County residents who are victims or witnesses of crimes.  Consequently, the Department seeks Board approval to apply for these funds.


The increase of $295,021, from last grant cycle, will allow the Department to continue to provide mandatory services expeditiously to victims of all crime types and continue development of mutual aid agreements with community partners and stakeholders for our Crisis Response Plan.


The CalOES Subrecipient Handbook, Section 1350, requires all grant recipients to obtain written authorization, in the form of a resolution or letter from the Board, that the official executing the agreement is authorized to execute the document.  Subrecipients must maintain this written authorization on file and make it available upon demand during audits.  Historically, CalOES has requested that each county’s District Attorney be the authorized official to execute the grant application and any subsequent non-substantive amendments necessary for the San Bernardino County Victim Witness Assistance Program.



The 2021 Cal OES Subrecipient Handbook Section 6.020 provides direction for contracts and procurement bids.  The Department will follow the Subrecipient Handbook and County Policy 11-04 for any contracts or procurements for services or supplies paid with grant funds.



This item has been reviewed by County Counsel (Katherine Hardy, Deputy County Counsel, 387-5437 on May 14, 2021; Finance (Carolina Mendoza, Administrative Analyst, 387-0294) on May 18, 2021; and County Finance and Administration (Kelly Welty, Deputy Executive Officer, 387-5423) on May 18, 2021.