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  Consent Agenda Item     4. D.    
Regular BOS Meeting
Meeting Date: 09/20/2022  
Submitted For: Bradley Beauchamp Submitted By: Athena Gooding, Legal Secretary, Lead
Department: County Attorney  
Fiscal Year: 2023 Budgeted?: Yes
Contract Dates
Begin & End:
July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023 Grant?: No
Fund?: Renewal

Approval of FY 2023 Victims' Rights Program Award Agreement No. 2023-004 with the Office of the Attorney General.
Background Information
Monies are distributed and received by the Attorney General pursuant to A.R.S. §41-2401 and A.R.S. §8-418 and constitute a continuing appropriation. These monies are also subject to legislative appropriation. The allocated funding received from the Attorney General's Office provides for the salary and employee-related expenses of a full-time Victim-Advocate/Notification Clerk within the Gila County Attorney's Office. FY 2023 award in the amount of $19,000 has no financial impact on Gila County and requires no matched funds from the County.
The award of $19,000 is used to cover existing employee salaries and employee-related expenses commencing July 1, 2022, and terminating on June 30, 2023. The funding agreement is used to support the costs of implementing victims' rights laws mandated by the provisions of Arizona Revised Statutes Title 13, Crime Victims' Rights, and Title 8, Victims' Rights for Juvenile Offenses.
The intent of the program funds is two-fold: 1) To provide financial support to the Gila County Attorney's Office charged with performing the duties under A.R.S. Title 13 and A.R.S. Title 8, and 2) to encourage efficient and effective use of resources to meet statutory requirements aimed at ensuring victims' rights and access to justice. Mandated services provided to victims include, but are not limited to notification of all court hearings, court escorts, victim compensation, providing emotional support, assisting in transportation, scheduling interviews with prosecutors, and assisting with any other social service needs. These funds are essential to carrying out these duties.
The Gila County Attorney recommends that the Board accept and approve the FY 2023 Victims' Rights Program Award Agreement No. AG No. 2023-004 in the amount of $19,000 for the salary/benefits of a full-time Victim Advocate in the County Attorney's Office.
Suggested Motion
Approval of FY 2023 Victims' Rights Program Award Agreement No. AG No. 2023-004 between the Gila County Attorney's Office and the Arizona Attorney General's Office in the amount of $19,000 to cover the existing salary and employee-related expenses for a full-time advocate for the period July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023.

FY 2023 Victims' Rights Program

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