WHEELING - The Ohio County Day Report Center serving Hancock, Brooke, Ohio and Marshall counties will get a $580,000 state grant to continue operations, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Wednesday.
The day report center in the Northern Panhandle is among 22 projects statewide slated to share in $6,321,938 through the West Virginia Community Corrections Grant program. The program is intended "to provide a means for communities to develop, establish and maintain community based corrections programs to provide the judicial system with sentencing alternatives for those offenders who may require less than institutional custody," according to information provided by the governor's office.
These funds are administered by the West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services.
Tomblin also announced the recipients of funds through some other state grant programs, and eight local entities are among 45 statewide that will share in $1,478,677 in Justice Assistance Grant Funds. These funds are to help agencies with "specific programs to help improve the functionality of the criminal justice system."
Recipients include the following:
- Brooke County Commission - $20,000 for one prevention resource officer at Wellsburg Middle School.
- Hancock County Commission - $15,000 to provide for a contracted counselor for the Hancock, Brooke and Ohio Counties Victim Assistance Program.
- Hancock County Commission - $11,700 to hire an advocate for CHANGE Inc.
- Hancock County Commission - $40,000 for two prevention resource officers in Hancock County.
- Hancock County Commission - $50,000 to cover officer salaries and continue a multi-jurisdictional drug and violent crime task force.
- Ohio County Commission - $50,000 for officer salaries to continue a multi-jurisdictional drug and violent crime task force.
- City of Wheeling - $40,000 to provide two prevention resource officers in the city of Wheeling.
- City of Moundsville - $20,000 for one prevention resource officer at Moundsville Middle School.
Three local entities also will benefit from West Virginia Juvenile Accountability Block Grants announced Wednesday. These funds are to be used to address the growing problem of juvenile crime.
Receiving funds were the Brooke County Commission, $15,000 to provide a prevention resource officer at Brooke High School; the city of New Martinsville, $20,000 for a prevention resource officer at Magnolia High School; and the Wetzel County Commission, $20,000 for a prevention resource officer at Valley High School.
A total of $1,480,103 in Child Advocacy Center Grant Program funds also was awarded Wednesday. These funds were awarded to the following local nonprofit Child Advocacy Centers:
- Hancock-Brooke County Child Advocacy Center Inc. - $98,954 to provide and coordinate child-centered, site-based services to victims of child maltreatment.
- Harmony House Inc. - $107,425 to provide victim services such as advocacy, forensic interviews and mental health and medical referrals/services for children in Ohio and Marshall counties.
- Tyler County Commission - $45,509 to reduce the traumatic effects of abuse, protect children from maltreatment and seek justice for child victims in Tyler and Wetzel counties.
Tomblin also presented a West Virginia Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Title II Grant Funds to Youth Services System Inc. in Ohio County. The grant for $19,366 is to be used to implement aggression replacement training for youths ages 12-21 identified as at-risk with the goal of preventing them from entering the juvenile justice system, according to the governor's office.