| FOR LOCAL FUND COMMITTEES:
Q: Who should I ask to be on my jurisdiction’s Local Fund Advisory Committee?
A: A good mix of people is strongly recommended. This will include active and retired Collaborative Court Professionals, active and retired judges (with respect for their required ethical constraints), members of the bar, program graduates and/or their family members, individuals with prior experience raising money, and members of your local recovery community.
Q: What proof is required that funds are actually spent as authorized by the Local Fund Committee?
A: The Foundation will disperse funds directly to the provider of the requested service or goods by check. Funds will not be issued directly to a Collaborative Court participant. Itemized receipts from the provider to document delivery of the services or goods are required. Records of receipts for services and goods are submitted to the California Collaborative Justice Courts Foundation as soon as they become available.
Q: What are the CCJC Foundation’s functions?
A: The Foundation will approve recommended grant awards and write checks to vendors/service providers/businesses accordingly. Other functions include investment of fund assets, fund distribution on behalf of Local Advisory Boards, administration and accounting to the IRS and California Franchise Tax Board and to donors.
Q: Will the Local Fund Committee be making or re-making decisions the Collaborative Court Team has already made? (E.g. Jimmy needs and wants tattoo removal; Sally needs to register her car; Joe needs a liver scan.)
A: The Collaborative Court Team will know first hand what an individual may need to be successful in their treatment court program. Do they have the funds to meet that need? Are there other resources in the community that could assist this person? If the Team has the necessary funds, that need will be addressed.
If there are no funds to meet that need the CCJC Foundation and the Local Fund Committee will be available to help. Team members will have access to applications for grant awards which they may provide individual participants. Having the Collaborative Court team verify a participant’s need will carry weight in the Local Fund Committee’s decision making process.
The Local Fund Committee reviews each request for a grant award that it receives. That process will take into consideration existing resources which may also be available. If the request is appropriate, supported by Collaborative Court Team members and cannot be funded by any other means, the request is likely to be recommended to the CCJC Foundation for approval and payment.
Q: Does the Local Fund Committee work with the Collaborative Court Team or simply tell them ”yes” or “no” to requests for assistance?
A: It is the Foundation’s expectation that Local Fund Committees will work closely with their Collaborative Court Teams. Team members verify participant requests, may be potential Advisory Board members and are potential donors to the local jurisdiction’s fund under the stewardship of the CCJC Foundation. See “Court Team Liaison” below.
Q: You use the term “Court Team Liaison.” What does that mean?
A: The Court Team Liaison is a representative of the Collaborative Justice Court Team(s) who reminds Team members that funding is available to assist participants through their Local Fund Committee. This person may have a supply of Requests for Assistance to share with other Team members for their use on behalf of participants. The Court Team Liaison may attend meetings of the Local Fund Committee to assure open communication between the local Collaborative Justice Courts Teams and the Committee and is not expected to have fund raising responsibilities. In jurisdictions with multiple Collaborative Justice Courts, there may be a Court Team Liaison for each Team.
Q: What if I am unable to get anyone on my Drug Court Team to move forward with setting up a Local Fund Advisory Committee?
A: If you believe that having one is a good idea, look to other key players in your broader circle of collaborative partners.
Q: What if we don’t have a fund established, but the CCJC Foundation receives a donation on behalf of our Drug Court programs?
A: You will be informed that a donation has been made to your collaborative justice court programs and invited to complete the Designated Fund Agreement. This will establish your fund under the stewardship of the CCJC Foundation.
If you choose to not enter into these agreements, the donor will be asked if they want their contribution to be used on behalf of the Foundation or returned.