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93.586 State Court Improvement Program
ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993, Section 13712, Public Law 103-66.
To assist State courts in performing their role in the continuum of care provided for families and children at risk. This program offers support for the implementation of alternatives and improvements as well as support for the expansion of successful court systems. It provides State courts with the flexibility to design assessments which identify barriers to effective decision-making, highlight practices which are not fully successful, examine areas they find to be in need of correction or added attention, and then implement reforms which address the State courts specific needs.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Grants under the State Court Improvement Program may be used for assessment and improvement activities, broadly defined, of the child welfare functions of a court system.
Applicant Eligibility: The highest State courts in each of the 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are eligible to apply for funding. The term "highest State court" means the judicial tribunal which is the ultimate court of appeals in the State.
Pre-application Coordination: None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Formula and Matching Requirements: Each State court with an approved application is allotted $85,000 for fiscal year 2002 -2006. In addition to this base amount, the remainder of the amount appropriated for all State courts ($12,310,000 for fiscal year 2002) will be divided among those courts with approved applications according to each State's proportionate share of children under the age of 21. If any State courts do not apply for their share of these funds, the unclaimed amount will be reallocated each year to all other State courts with approved applications. Nonfederal share (or match) is required at the rate of 25 percent of the total budget.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Both fiscal and program reports are required annually and are due 90 days after the close of the grant year.
Account Identification: 75-1512-0-1-506.
There were 52 grants awarded in fiscal year 2001. It is estimated that 52 grants will be awarded in fiscal years 2002 and 2003.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
ACYF-PI-94-12 issued June 27, 1994 and ACYF-CB-PI-99-02 issued February 23,1999. It is anticipated that a new Program Instruction regarding FY 2002 funding will be issued in April, 2002. The Court Improvement Program is not regulated. Literature about court assessments and improvements can be found by contacting the National Center for State Courts at (775) 784-6012, the American Bar Association's Center for Children and the Law at (202) 662-1733, and the National Center for Juvenile and Family Court Judges at (775) 732-5300.
Regional or Local Office:
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
Not applicable, this is a formula grant program.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
Not applicable. This is a formula grant program which does not receive discretionary grant proposals.