SACRAMENTO – California State Treasurer Fiona Ma reminds counties that the deadline to apply for grants to build facilities for jail and prison diversion programs is Tuesday, April 30. The $65 million program of one-time competitive grants is intended to expand programs that provide an alternative to incarceration for people who suffer from mental illness, addiction, or trauma.
“I stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Governor Newsom in his efforts to reform the criminal justice system,” said Treasurer Ma. “For decades, California’s criminal justice system was overly focused on corrections instead of rehabilitation. This grant serves as one example that we have changed our thinking. We must continue to create the infrastructure in communities that will not only rehabilitate, but prevent individuals from ending up in jail or prison in the first place. I look forward to working with counties and other local partners across the state to ensure the success of this program.”
Grant funds are to be provided to counties to develop and build mental health treatment facilities, substance use disorder treatment facilities, and trauma-centered service facilities. The trauma-centered facilities may include services for sex trafficking victims, domestic violence victims, and victims of other violent crimes.
The grant program will fund facility acquisition, renovation, equipment acquisition, information technology, and program start-up costs. The program is administered by the California Health Facilities Financing Authority (CHFFA). For more information, please visit the CHFFA website.
Fiona Ma is California’s 34th State Treasurer. She was elected November 6, 2018 with more votes (7,825,587) than any other candidate for treasurer in the state’s history. She is the first woman of color and the first woman Certified Public Accountant elected to the position. California is the world’s fifth-largest economy and Treasurer Ma serves as its head banker, providing transparency and oversight for the government’s investment portfolio and accounts as well as managing $92 billion in financial assets. The State Treasurer’s Office (STO) provides financing for schools, roads, housing, levees, public facilities, and other crucial infrastructure projects that better the lives of all Californians. The STO manages cash receipts and bond issuances for the State and oversees programs that fund schools, hospitals, and affordable housing and small businesses. The STO also manages three savings programs that benefit individuals with disabilities, families planning for higher education, and private-sector employees working toward retirement.